IFT Media Alert

May 24, 2010


  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mindy Weinstein
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The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Honors
Congressional Support for Science Award (CSSA) Recipients

WHAT:

Congressman Allen Boyd Jr. (D-Fla.)and Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to receive the Congressional Support for Science Award (CSSA) from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

WHEN:  

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

WHERE:

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 210, Washington, DC

WHY:

Selected by an independent panel of IFT members, the CSSA recognizes distinguished service as legislator, policy-maker or advocate for advancing the role of science and technology in food and agricultural policies. The award is presented annually to two members of Congress as acknowledgement for outstanding contributions during the previous year.

  • Congressman Allen Boyd, Jr.  is food policy-oriented and has supported bills that  advance the goals and purposes of National Teach Ag Day, amend nutrition labeling of food offered for sale in foodservice establishments, expand access to healthy afterschool meals for school children in working families, and award grants to eligible entities for farm-to-school programs. 
  • Senator Richard Burr supports many bills positively affecting the food industry including one that ensures FDA consultation, education, and outreach to farms, businesses, and farmers to help them understand and comply with produce safety requirements. 


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About IFT
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) exists to advance the science of food. Our long-range vision is to ensure a safe and abundant food supply contributing to healthier people everywhere. Founded in 1939, IFT is a nonprofit scientific society with 20,000 individual members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT champions the use of sound science across the food value chain through knowledge sharing, education, and advocacy, encouraging the exchange of information, providing both formal and informal educational opportunities, and furthering the advancement of the profession. IFT has offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. For additional information, please visit ift.org.