Washington State University Microwave Sterilization Consortium Honored by IFT

May 18, 2010


Mindy Weinstein

Washington State University Microwave Sterilization Consortium Honored by IFT

CHICAGO – Five representatives of the Washington State University Microwave Sterilization Consortium, Juming Tang, project lead, Washington State University; C. Patrick Dunne, US Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center; Douglas Hahn from Hormel Foods Corporation; Kenny Lum from Seafood Products Association; and Evan Turek from Kraft Foods Inc., have been selected as the winners of the 2010 Research and Development Award by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

The Research and Development Award is given yearly to an IFT member or team of members who have made a recent, significant research and development contribution to the understanding of food science, food technology, or nutrition. The award will be presented at IFT’s Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago, IL on July 17th 2010. The Research and Development Award includes a plaque and a $3,000 honorarium from IFT.

The consortium (which also includes The Ferrite Company, Rexam PLC, Graphic Packaging and Ocean Beauty Seafoods, LLC ) represents a collaborative effort of academia, industry, and the U.S. Army to develop a microwave sterilization process for pre-packaged, low-acid foods that was accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as of October 2009. More than 40 research scientists, engineers, and graduate students participated in different phases of the research, since the consortium was formed ten years ago with financial support from the Department of Defense Dual Use Science and Technology Program and contributions from food industry partners.

IFT recognizes the many accomplishments that individuals and organizations have made to advance the food science industry and to help ensure safe, affordable, and nutritious foods to the world. To honor these individuals and organizations, the IFT Awards Program was created. This program grants awards, fellowships, and prizes for outstanding accomplishments in all areas of food science and technology, administering 14 Achievement Awards, the Marcel Loncin Research Prize, and the IFT Fellows program. A complete list of Award Winners can be found on the IFT Web site at www.ift.org