IFT Names Congressman John Dingell and Senator Mike Enzi Congressional Support for Science Award (CSSA) Winners

January 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C—The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is pleased to present the 2012 Congressional Support for Science Award (CSSA) to Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) for their strategic and ongoing congressional efforts to advance food science and technology.

A long-time advocate of ensuring the safety of the nation’s food supply, Congressman Dingell recently authored the landmark food safety reform law, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act, which overhauls the United States’ food safety system by improving the capacity of the FDA and food manufacturers to prevent food safety problems and empowering them to detect and immediately respond to food-borne illness outbreaks.  

Senator Enzi, also a strong supporter of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, worked to include language in the bill that directs the FDA to work harder at partnering with states on food safety and protecting the needs of small businesses.

"Both Congressman Dingell and Senator Enzi were instrumental in not only shaping the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, but also making it happen," said IFT President John Ruff. "On behalf of all the members of IFT, I thank them for their efforts and congratulate them on receiving this award."

The CSSA award was established by IFT in 2001 to recognize outstanding contributions to science-based food policies, and to increase the role of science in policy development in order to enhance the safety, nutritional value, affordability, and variety of foods available to consumers. The winners are selected by an independent panel of IFT members and the award stands as acknowledgement for outstanding contributions during the previous year. To view photos of the awards being given, please click here.


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For more than 70 years, IFT has existed to advance the science of food. Our nonprofit scientific society—more than 18,000 members from more than 100 countries—brings together food scientists, technologists and related professions from academia, government, and industry. For more information, please visit ift.org.

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