WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute of Food
Technologists, the not-for-profit scientific society for food science and
technology, today announced the recipients of the 2008 Congressional
Support for Science Award. The 2008 award winners are Congresswoman Rosa
DeLauro (D-CT) and Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY). IFT will recognize and
present these two congressional leaders with their awards today during a
reception in Washington, DC at the Rayburn House Office Building, B369.
The IFT Congressional Support for Science Award acknowledges
distinguished service by legislators or policy-makers who advocate for
advancing the role of science and technology in food and agricultural
policies. Criteria also considered include sustained attention to the
scientific integrity of food and nutrition or health issues. The award is
presented annually to two members of Congress as an acknowledgment for
their outstanding contributions to science-based food policies during the
U.S. Rep. DeLauro serves as chairwoman of the Appropriations
Agriculture Subcommittee in the 110th Congress. Through this position, she
has worked to provide funding for a safe food supply and a healthy
agricultural economy. DeLauro also co-founded the Congressional Food Safety
Caucus to explore remedies to secure the food supply to battle the rising
instances of food safety and foodborne illness.
"We are very proud to recognize Congresswoman DeLauro for her
dedication to making the U.S. food supply safe and nutritious for
consumers," said IFT President John Floros, Ph.D.
IFT is also recognizing U.S. Rep. Whitfield, who serves on the House
Committee on Energy and Commerce and is the ranking member on the Commerce,
Trade, and Consumer Protection (CTP) Subcommittee. Floros added, "Rep.
Whitfield's unique knowledge of farming operations has positioned him as an
important voice on a range of food issues from farm-to-fork, and this award
recognizes his dedication."
Whitfield offered unwavering support of the Food and Energy Security
Act of 2007, also known as the Farm Bill. Whitfield voted for H.R. 2419,
authorizing $714 billion over the next ten years to fund a wide range of
U.S. agriculture and food assistance programs.
Prior recipients of the IFT Congressional Support for Science Award
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Georgia) - 2007
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Kentucky) - 2007
Sen. Robert Bennett (Utah) - 2006
Rep. Bob Etheridge (North Carolina) - 2006
Sen. Kit Bond (Missouri) - 2005
Rep. Collin Peterson (Minnesota) - 2005
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) - 2004
Rep. Henry Bonilla (Texas) - 2004
Rep. Rush Holt (New Jersey) - 2003
Rep. Frank Lucas (Oklahoma) - 2003
Rep. Nick Smith (Michigan) - 2002
Rep. Charles Stenholm (Texas) - 2002
Sen. Thad Cochran (Mississippi) - 2001
Sen. Richard Durbin (Illinois) - 2001
Founded in 1939, and with world headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, USA,
the Institute of Food Technologists is a not-for-profit international
scientific society with 22,000 members working in food science and
technology and related professions in industry, academia and government. As
the society for food science and technology, IFT brings sound science to
the public discussion of food issues. For more on IFT, visit www.ift.org.
SOURCE Institute of Food Technologists