The International Association for Food Protection is looking for Nominations for the award ceremony at this year’s annual conference. Deadline is Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
The prizes will be presented at the IAFP’s annual conference from July 31 to August. 3 next year in Pittsburgh, PA.
The categories range from the Black Pearl Award – the association’s highest award – for outstanding corporate performance in the food safety field, to travel grants for food safety students who wish to attend the IAFP annual conference.
Those who submit nominations do not need to be an IAFP member for most awards. Unless otherwise stated, nominations for all awards are due by February 15, 2022 and can be made via the IAFP website.
The association encourages members to apply for travel grants for employees in the health or agricultural departments of states or provinces in North America. There is also an IAFP travel award for food safety professionals in a country with a developing economy to attend the IAFP annual meeting and conference. The criteria for a student travel grant can be found on the IAFP student site.
Some of the awards to be presented in 2022 are:
Black Pearl Award
Awarded the Black Pearl. Awarded in recognition of a company’s excellence in corporate excellence in food safety and quality. Funded by: F&H Food Equipment Company. 2021 recipient: Mondelḕz International
Presented to members who have contributed with honors to the IAFP and its member organizations over an extended period of time. 2021 recipient: Jianghong Meng
President’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded at the discretion of the IAFP President to honor an individual who has made a lasting impact on Advancing Food Safety Worldwide through lifelong professional achievement in food protection. 2021 recipient: Carl Custer
Honorary membership for life
The Honorary Membership Award for Life recognizes IAFP members for their commitment to the high ideals and goals of the International Association for Food Protection and for their dedicated service to the association. Recipient 2021: Kenneth Anderson, Mickey Parish, Judy Greig, F. Tracy Schonrock, Edward Wellmeyer.
Harry Haverland Citation Prize
$ 2,500 honorarium awarded to an individual for years of dedication to the ideals and goals of the IAFP. Funded by Euro fins. 2021 recipient: Dale A. Grinstead
Innovation award for food safety
$ 2,500 fee awarded to a person or organization for developing a new idea, process, or product that has had a positive impact on food safety, improving public health and the quality of life. Funded by: Walmart. 2021 recipient: hygiene
International leadership award
US $ 2,000 fee and reimbursement for attending IAFP 2021. Presented to an individual for commitment to the high ideals and goals of the IAFP and for advancing the association’s mission in countries outside the United States and Canada. Funded by: Food Safety Net Services (FSNS). 2021 recipient: Terence LT Lau
Award for food safety
$ 2,000 fee. This award alternates between individuals and groups or organizations. In 2021, the award will be given to a group or organization of major importance or in recognition of a long history of outstanding contributions to food safety in the development of food safety. Funded by: Consumer Brands Association (CBA). 2021 recipient: The center for product safety
Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award
$ 2,000 fee. Presented to an individual, group, or organization for excellence and outstanding contribution to research affecting the food safety attributes of freezing. Funded by: Frozen Food Foundation. 2021 recipient: Shyam Sablani
Institut Merieux Young Investigator Award in Antimicrobial Resistance
Payment of € 10,000 to support further research by the award winner. Presented at the IAFP Annual Meeting to an active IAFP member who has demonstrated outstanding skills and professional potential as a researcher in food microbiology / food safety with a focus on antimicrobial resistance. Funded by: Merieux Institute. 2021 recipient: Laura Carroll
Maurice Weber Laboratorium Award
$ 2,000 fee. Presented to an individual for excellence in the laboratory in recognition of their commitment to developing innovative and practical analytical approaches to support food safety. Funded by: The Fred and Elizabeth Weber Trust. 2021 recipient: Panagiotis N. Skandamis
Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award
$ 2,000 fee. Presented to a young researcher who demonstrated outstanding skills and professional potential in the early years of his career. Funded by: bioMérieux, Inc. 2021 recipient: Laura K. Strawn
James M. Jay Award for Diversity in Food Safety
Recognition of an active IAFP member who has made significant contributions to promoting diversity in careers, activities, or research in the field of food safety. The award consists of a plaque and a fee of $ 2,500. Funded by: 3M food safety. 2021 recipient: Armitra Jackson-Davis
Ewen CD Todd Control of Foodborne Illness Award
$ 1,500 fee. Presented to an individual for dedicated and exceptional contributions to reducing the risk of foodborne illness. Funded by: Marler Clark Lawyers. 2021 recipient: Craig W. Hedberg
$ 1,500 fee. Presented to a person for outstanding service to the public, the IAFP, and the plumbing profession. Funded by: Sponsored by Ecolab Inc. 2021 recipient: Richard Brouillette
Elmer Marth Instructor Award
$ 1,500 fee. Presented to an individual for outstanding service to the public, the IAFP, and the arena of education in food safety and protection. Funded by: Nelson-Jameson, Inc. 2021 recipient: Elizabeth A. Bihn
Harold Barnum Industry Award
$ 1,500 fee. Presented to an individual for outstanding service to the public, the IAFP, and the food industry. Funded by: MERCK animal health. 2021 recipient: Melanie J. Neumann
Travel award for food safety professionals in a country with a developing economy
Travel money to attend the annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. Presented to food safety professionals working full time in the food safety field in a country with a developing economy. Funded by: IAFP Foundation. Recipient 2021: Kubir Nath Bhattarai, Titilayo Falade, Amin Olaimat.
Travel award for employees working in the health or agriculture department in North America
Travel money to attend the annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. Presented to any city, county, state, or provincial health or agricultural department (epidemiologists, food and molecular microbiologists, and environmental health specialists) who work in North America. Funded by: IAFP Foundation. 2021 recipient: Jennifer Eberly
Travel grant for students
Travel money to attend the annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. The IAFP recognizes that students from around the world are the future leaders in food safety. Since 2004, the IAFP Foundation has been dedicated to promoting the career potential of exceptional students through the annual IAFP Student Travel Scholarship Program. Funded by: IAFP Foundation. Recipient 2021: Jessica Brown, Shiyu Cai, Bienvenido Cortes, Devin Daeschel, Adwoa Dankwa, Minh Duong, Marina Girbal, Sarah L. Jones, Karuna Kharel, Minji Kim, Brenda Moraa Kimang’a, Xingchen Liu, Ajay Mittal, Owade Joshua Ombaka, Solomon Rajkumar Racharla, Keshnee Reega, Anna Townsend, Joseph Wambui, Christina Wormald, Jiyoon Yi.
Peanut Proud Student Scholarship Award
Offers a $ 2,000 academic scholarship and travel grant for a U.S. graduate in food microbiology – and specifically food safety and peanut butter – to attend the annual meeting. Peanut Proud is a not-for-profit industrial organization based in Georgia. The application deadline for this scholarship is Friday, April 30th, 2021. Funded by: Peanut pride. 2021 recipient: Daniel Vega
J.Mac Goepfert Awards for Scientists’ Developers
Presented to students (enrolled or young graduates) in the field of food safety research at accredited universities or colleges. Qualified individuals can enter either the technical or poster competition. Funded by: IAFP Foundation.
Competition for the Bachelor student award
Awarded based on the criteria to two Bachelor students at accredited universities or colleges who have participated in this poster competition. Funded by: IAFP Foundation
Samuel J. Crumbine Prize
From 1955 to 1966, two awards were presented: the first for general environmental health, the second for food protection. From 1968 to 1973 the award was suspended due to a general lack of innovation in food protection programs during that time. The award is sponsored by the Conference for Food Protection (CFP), in collaboration with the American Academy of Sanitarians, the American Public Health Association, the Association of Food and Drug Officials, the Food Marketing Institute, the Foodservice Packaging Institute, the International Association for Food Protection, National Association of County & City Health Officials, National Environmental Health Association, National Restaurant Association, NSF International, and Underwriters Laboratories. 2021 recipient: Washoe County Health District
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