Donald Schaffner Chosen as IFT Fellow

May 6, 2010


Mindy Weinstein

Donald Schaffner Chosen as IFT Fellow

Chicago, IL- Donald Schaffner, Extension Specialist in Food Science, and Director of the Center for Advanced Food Technology, Rutgers University, was elected Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Fellow in 2010 for integrating research in microbiology, modeling, and risk assessment into extraordinary programs to improve food safety through education of students, industry, and the public.

Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field. The nominee must have been an IFT Member for 15 years and a Professional Member at the time of nomination. The 15-year member requirement may be waived by the Fellows Jury for those nominees who have spent all or a portion of their careers outside the United States.

Schaffner has contributed science-based solutions for food safety through his service on expert committees for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization, and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. IFT has utilized Schaffner’s expertise as a member of the IFT Food Defense Risk Factor Expert Panel and as a member of blue-ribbon panels for Food and Drug Administration contract work. Schaffner has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and abstracts and has given numerous presentations on microbial risk assessment and food safety issues.

IFT has conferred the Fellow designation on a select number of Professional Members every year since 1970. A complete list of Fellows can be found on the IFT Web site at: