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DR. NEGA BERU NAMED 2017 IFSH AWARD WINNER

DR. NEGA BERU NAMED 2017 IFSH AWARD WINNER

The Director of the Office of Food Safety, FDA CFSAN, is honored for his food safety leadership.

(Burr Ridge, IL) September 26, 2017 – The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), has awarded a 2017 IFSH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to Nega Beru, Ph.D., Director, Office of Food Safety, FDA CFSAN. The award was announced by Robert Brackett, Ph.D., IIT Vice President and IFSH Director, at the IFSH Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony at the Chicago Marriot Southwest in Burr Ridge, IL. IFSH awards Lifetime Achievement Awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond expectations to help further the mission of IFSH. “Dr. Beru has throughout many years, supported IFSH research both materially and intellectually”, says Dr. Brackett IFSH Director. “Dr. Nega Beru leads the largest office in FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the Office of Food Safety. He has done an outstanding job of facilitating critical research at FDA and IFSH needed to advance knowledge in food safety, providing a basis for rational regulatory decisionmaking. He has also had a significant global impact in food safety through decades-long work with international standard setting bodies like the CODEX Alimentarius Commission. We are so pleased he is being recognized for his important contributions to improve public health” stated Dr. Susan Mayne, Director Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Following the event, Dr. Nega Beru expressed his thanks to his IFSH colleagues, “I am deeply honored to be recognized with the IFSH Lifetime Award for my role in supporting the research program between FDA, IIT and the food industry. As director of FDA/CFSAN’s Office of Food Safety, I have been a great proponent of the collaborative food safety research effort between researchers in the office’s Division of Food Processing Science and Technology, IIT and the food industry under the auspices IFSH. And so, this award holds great meaning for me. I am proud to have been a part of this important work that contributes significantly to public health.”

Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) is a one-of-a-kind applied food research institute that provides stakeholders in government, industry and academia the opportunity to develop and exchange knowledge and expertise to address key issues in food safety, food defense and nutrition. Powered by a singular combination of in-depth food science expertise and state-of-the-art research capabilities, IFSH's collaborative research model helps stakeholders define and design innovative and practical approaches to solving real-world challenges in food industry operations. Located at IIT's Moffett Campus in Bedford Park, IL, IFSH is also home to the FDA CFSAN Division of Food Processing Science and Technology. For more, visit www.iit.edu/ifsh