IAFP opens nominations for 2021 awards
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The International Association for Food Protection has opened nominations for its 2021 awards and travel grants. The deadline is Feb. 16, 2021.

Officials from IAFP are scheduled to present the awards and recognize travel grant recipients at the annual association meeting, set for July 18-21 in Phoenix. All members of the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) are eligible to submit nominations.

“We also encourage members to apply for the IAFP Travel Award for State or Provincial Health or Agricultural Department Employees (North America only) and for the IAFP Travel Award for Food Safety Professionals in a Country with a Developing Economy to attend the IAFP Annual Meeting,” according to a statement from association officials. 

Student members are invited to submit an application for the “Student Travel Scholarship Award” to attend the IAFP Annual Meeting. Student Travel Scholarship criteria can be accessed on the students page.

Instructions to apply for each award are included in the criteria for the respective award. Nominations for one of the awards, the Samuel J. Crumbine Award are due March 15, 2021.

Nominations are open for the following awards:

  • Black Pearl Award


    Award Showcasing the Black Pearl. Presented in recognition of a company’s outstanding achievement in corporate excellence in food safety and quality.

    Sponsored by: F&H Food Equipment Company

    2020 Recipients: Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc, Ontario, California
  • Fellows Award


    Plaque. Presented to Member(s) who have contributed to IAFP and its Affiliates with distinction over an extended period of time.

    2020 Recipients: Robert Buchanan, Mickey Parish
  • President’s Lifetime Achievement Award


    Given at the discretion of the IAFP President to recognize an individual who has made a lasting impact on “Advancing Food Safety Worldwide” through a lifetime of professional achievement in food protection.

    2020 Recipient: Dallas G. Hoover
  • Honorary Life Membership Award


    Plaque. The Honorary Life Membership Award recognizes IAFP members for their dedication to the high ideals and objectives of the International Association for Food Protection and for dedicated service to the Association.

    2020 Recipients: Patrice Arbault (posthumously), Jeffrey M. Farber, Judy Harrison, Allen R. Sayler, Peter J. Slade, Mary Lou Tortorello
  • Harry Haverland Citation Award


    Plaque and $2,500 Honorarium. Presented to an individual for years of devotion to the ideals and objectives of IAFP.

    Sponsored by: Eurofins

    2020 Recipient: Gary R. Acuff
  • Food Safety Innovation Award


    Plaque and $2,500 Honorarium. Presented to an individual or organization for creating a new idea, practice, or product that has had a positive impact on food safety, thus, improving public health, and the quality of life.

    Sponsored by: Walmart Food Safety Collaboration Center

    2020 Recipient: Clear Labs
  • International Leadership Award


    Plaque, $2,000 Honorarium and reimbursement to attend IAFP 2021. Presented to an individual for dedication to the high ideals and objectives of IAFP and for promotion of the mission of the Association in countries outside of the United States and Canada.

    Sponsored by: Cargill, Inc.

    2020 Recipient: Norma Heredia
  • Food Safety Award


    Plaque and $2,000 Honorarium. This Award alternates between individuals and groups or organizations. In 2021, the award will be presented to a group or organization for highly significant food safety development or in recognition of a long history of outstanding contributions to food safety.

    Sponsored by: Consumer Brands Association (CBA)

    2020 Recipient: Joseph Stout
  • Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award


    Plaque and $2,000 Honorarium. Presented to an individual, group or organization for preeminence and outstanding contributions in research that impacts food safety attributes of freezing.

    Sponsored by: Frozen Food Foundation

    2020 Recipient: Claire Zoellner
  • Institut Merieux Young Investigator Award in Antimicrobial Resistance


    Plaque and payment of €10,000 to support further research work by the laureate. Presented at the IAFP Annual Meeting to an active IAFP Member who has shown outstanding ability and professional promise as a researcher in food microbiology/food safety, focusing on antimicrobial resistance.

    Sponsored by: Institut Merieux

    2020 Recipient: Shivaramu Keelara
  • Maurice Weber Laboratorian Award


    Plaque and $2,000 Honorarium. Presented to an individual for outstanding contributions in the laboratory, recognizing a commitment to the development of innovative and practical analytical approaches in support of food safety.

    Sponsored by: Weber Scientific

    2020 Recipient: Donald W. Schaffner
  • Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award


    Plaque and $2,000 Honorarium. Presented to a young researcher who has shown outstanding ability and professional promise in the early years of their career.

    Sponsored by: bioMérieux, Inc.

    2020 Recipient: Si Hong Park
  • Ewen C.D. Todd Control of Foodborne Illness Award


    Plaque and $1,500 Honorarium. Presented to an individual for dedicated and exceptional contributions to the reduction of risks to foodborne illness.

    Sponsored by: Marler Clark Attorneys at Law

    2020 Recipient: Jeffrey M. Farber
  • Sanitarian Award


    Plaque and $1,500 Honorarium. Presented to an individual for outstanding service to the public, IAFP and the profession of the Sanitarian.

    Sponsored by: Sponsored by Ecolab Inc.

    2020 Recipient: Rick J. Heiman
  • Elmer Marth Educator Award


    Plaque and $1,500 Honorarium. Presented to an individual for outstanding service to the public, IAFP and the arena of education in food safety and food protection.

    Sponsored by: Nelson-Jameson, Inc.

    2020 Recipient: Lynn M. McMullen
  • Harold Barnum Industry Award


    Plaque and $1,500 Honorarium. Presented to an individual for outstanding service to the public, IAFP and the food industry.

    Sponsored by: MERCK Animal Health

    2020 Recipient: Andrew James Clarke
  • Ivan Parkin Lecturer


    The Ivan Parkin Lecture was established by the International Association for Food Protection in 1986 to honor individuals who have had a significant impact on the field of food safety.  Each year a prominent food safety leader is selected to deliver the Ivan Parkin Lecture at the Opening Session of IAFP’s Annual Meeting.


    The Association established the Lecture to honor Ivan Parkin, a Dairy Extension Specialist at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Parkin was the Association President in 1955 and he remained active in the Association for many years following his Presidency. Dr. Parkin served as an example to others as a loyal Member, a professional, and an educator dedicated to protecting the food supply.


    The Ivan Parkin Lecturer is selected by the President-Elect and approved by the Executive Board.

    2020 Recipient: Caroline Smith DeWaal
  • John H. Silliker Lecturer


    The John H. Silliker Lecture was established by Silliker Inc. (now Merieux NutriSciences) in 2004 to recognize the achievements of Dr. Silliker through the practical application of scientific principles to improve food protection.  The John H. Silliker Lecture provides an avenue for recognized experts to present important and timely information on topics of significance to food protection at the IAFP Annual Meeting.


    Dr. Silliker established Silliker Laboratories in 1967 and grew the network of laboratories to more than 70 locations in 18 countries.  Dr. Silliker was committed to making meaningful contributions to food safety outside the confines of his laboratory. He was an early proponent of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system; developed the revolutionary concept of using sponges to collect environmental samples in food plants; and testified at congressional hearings that resulted in the passage of landmark food safety legislation.


    The John H. Silliker Lecturer is selected by a committee including a representative from Merieux NutriSciences, the Program Committee Chairperson, and the IAFP President.

    2020 Recipient: Peter K. Ben Embarek
  • Travel Award for Food Safety Professionals in a Country with a Developing Economy


    Plaque and travel funds to attend the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. Presented to food safety professionals working full-time in the field of food safety in a country with a developing economy.

    Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation

    2020 Recipients: Kolawole Banwo, A.L.Chathudina Janitha Liyanage, Muhammad Bilal Sadiq
  • Travel Award for Health or Agricultural Department Employees


    Plaque and travel funds to attend the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. Presented to city, county, state, or provincial health or agricultural department employees (epidemiologists, food and molecular microbiologists, and environmental health specialists) working in North America.

    Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation

    2020 Recipients: Dietrich Blum, Veronica Bryant, Leslie Cobb, Taryn Hurley, Temesgen Jemaneh, Kendra Kilawee
  • Student Travel Scholarship


    Plaque and travel funds to attend the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. IAFP recognizes that students from around the world are the future leaders in the field of food safety. Since 2004, the IAFP Foundation has been dedicated to enhancing the career potential of exceptional students through the annual IAFP Student Travel Scholarship Program.


    Deadline to apply for the Student Travel Scholarship is Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

    Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation

    2020 Recipients: Cameron Bardsley, Brianna Britton, Alessia Delbrück, Erika Estrada, Savana Everhart, Emily Forauer, Ahmed Gomaa, Marti Hua, Xingyi Jiang, Xinyu Liao, Claire Marik, Francis Muchaamba, Kizito Nishimwe, Duke Gekonge Omayio, Katie Overbey, Angélica Godínez Oviedo, Dacil Rivera, Thiago Sugizaki dos Santos, Mathilde Trudel-Ferland, Ingrid Zamora
  • Peanut Proud Student Scholarship Award


    The Peanut Proud Student Scholarship Award Provides a $2,000 academic scholarship and travel funding for a U.S. graduate student in the field of food microbiology – and specifically in the area of and peanut butter food safety – to attend the Annual Meeting.  Peanut Proud is a nonprofit industry organization based in Georgia.


    Criteria and instructions to apply for this award will be posted on the IAFP website soon.

    Sponsored by: Peanut Proud

    2020 Recipient: Hyeon Woo Park
  • J.Mac Goepfert Developing Scientists Awards


    Presented to students (enrolled or recent graduates) in the field of food safety research at accredited universities or colleges. Qualified individuals may enter either the technical or poster competition.

    Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation

    2020 Recipients: Brienna Anderson-Coughlin, Francis Muchaamba, Jasmine Kataria, Rebecca Bland, Sultana Solaiman, Seulgi Lee
  • Undergraduate Student Award Competition


    Presented to two undergraduate students at accredited universities or colleges who have entered this poster competition, based on the criteria.

    Sponsored by: Supported by the International Association for Food Protection Foundation

    2020 Recipients: Jessica Humphrey, Ian Klug
  • President’s Recognition Awards


    Etched glass paperweight-type award. This award is given at the discretion of the IAFP President to recognize an individual(s) for special effort, project, and contribution of time or expertise that resulted in the betterment of IAFP.
  • C. B. Shogren Memorial Award


    Plaque and $500 Honorarium. Presented to the Affiliate demonstrating exceptional overall achievement in promoting the mission of the International Association for Food Protection (“to provide food safety professionals worldwide with a forum to exchange information on protecting the food supply”).
  • Samuel J. Crumbine Award


    From 1955 to 1966 two awards were given: 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 period.


    Application deadline for this award is March 15, 2021.  Guidelines and information to apply for this award are at:  http://www.crumbineaward.com/samuel-crumbine-award.

    Sponsored by: The award is sponsored by the Conference for Food Protection (CFP), in cooperation with the American Academy of Sanitarians, American Public Health Association, Association of Food and Drug Officials, Food Marketing Institute, Foodservice Packaging Institute, International Association for Food Protection, National Association of County & City Health Officials, National Environmental Health Association, National Restaurant Association, NSF International, and Underwriters Laboratories
  • John N. Sofos Most-cited JFP Research and Review Publication Awards


    These awards were established to recognize top researchers and high-quality research publications and reviews that contribute to the impact of JFP and the field of food safety. The awards are based upon the number of citations of a work by others for papers published five years prior. They are presented by the JFP Scientific Co-Editors at the Editorial Board Reception held each year at the IAFP Annual Meeting.

    2020 Recipients: Yang Liu, Alex Gill, Lynn McMullen, and Michael G Gänzle, Katherine M. Kosa, Sheryl C. Cates, Samantha Bradley, Edgar Chambers, and Sandria Godwin, Alessandra Riva, Elisa Borghi, Daniela Cirasola, Silvia Colmegna, Francesca Borgo, Ettore Amato, Mirella Maria Pontello, and Giulia Morace, Miao Guo, Jitender P. Dubey, Dolores Hill, Robert L. Buchanan, H. Ray Gamble, Jeffrey L. Jones, and Abani K. Pradhan
  • JFP Most-downloaded Publication Award


    This award recognizes the most-downloaded Journal of Food Protection publication based on data from the JFP website. The award is presented by the JFP Scientific Co-Editors at the Editorial Board Reception held each year at the IAFP Annual Meeting.
  • European Symposium Student Travel Scholarship


    The International Association for Food Protection offers this scholarship to support the travel of two qualified students to attend the IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety. Through generous contributions to the IAFP Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to two students residing in Europe and enrolled full-time in a college or university food safety-related degree program in Europe.


    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety will be held virtually in 2021. Therefore, this student scholarship will not be offered this year.

    Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation
  • FPT Peer-Reviewed Research Most-viewed Publication Award


    This award has been established to recognize notable research publications and reviews that contribute to the impact of FPT and the field of food protection.  The award is based upon the number of views for an FPT publication in a given year. The award is presented at the Editorial Board Reception.
  • FPT Peer-Reviewed Research Most-cited Publication Award


    This award has been established to recognize notable research publications and reviews that contribute to the impact of FPT and the field of food protection. The award is based upon the number of citations for an FPT publication in the previous two years. The award is presented at the Editorial Board Reception.
  • FPT Most Viewed General Interest Publication Award


    This award has been established to recognize notable research publications and reviews that contribute to the impact of FPT and the field of food protection. The award is based upon the number of views for an FPT publication in the previous two years. The award is presented at the Editorial Board Reception.

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