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Food Safety Magazine Awards Theno, Masters 2007 Distinguished Service Honors

Food Safety Leaders to be Lauded at Award Ceremony and Reception July 9 at Annual International Association for Food Protection Meeting

(GLENDALE, CA) May 31, 2007 – The publishers of the market-leading trade publication Food Safety Magazine will present the prestigious 2007 Food Safety Distinguished Service Awards to food safety pioneers David M. Theno, Ph.D. and Barbara J. Masters, DVM, at the annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) in July.

The Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award honors individuals who best exemplify the characteristics of the dedicated food safety professional. Those honored are recognized by members of the profession for their collective works in promoting or advancing science-based solutions for food safety issues.

The 2007 award presentation ceremony will be held in Orlando, FL, at the IAFP conference hotel, The Contemporary at Disney World, July 9, from 6:00 – 6:45 pm in Nutcracker Ballroom 3.

“This year’s recipients are truly inspiring, and we are pleased to recognize Dr. Theno and Dr. Masters for their outstanding contributions to advance food safety in industry and government, ” said Julie Larson Bricher, Editorial Director of Food Safety Magazine. “Their efforts and advocacy of food safety science and management have had widespread impact throughout the supply chain. We encourage IAFP attendees to join us in celebrating the achievements of the 2007 honorees July 9 in Orlando.”

The distinguished recipients will each receive the Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award statuette, a modern art rendering of a human figure reaching skyward in triumph, which recognizes that achievement in any endeavor begins with the individual and thus is given to food safety professionals who truly exemplify the significant impact that one person can have on the successes of many.

Dr. David M. Theno, Senior Vice President, Quality and Logistics at Jack in the Box, Inc., is recognized for his outstanding service and contributions in advancing food safety by developing Jack in the Box’s food safety programs and leading efforts industry-wide to improve food safety measures in industry and reduce the incidence of foodborne illness in the U.S. Under his direction, Jack in the Box’s food safety systems have become the gold standard against which other foodservice establishments benchmark the quality of their food protection management programs.

Dr. Barbara J. Masters, Senior Policy Advisor at Olsson, Frank and Weeda, P.C., is recognized for her outstanding service and contributions in advancing food safety with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service for more than 17 years, most recently as FSIS Administrator. Masters’ efforts in the development and implementation of FSIS HACCP and SSOP rules, regulations and guidelines, as well as her leadership and commitment to building an effective science-based policy infrastructure at FSIS, have contributed to improved food safety measures in industry and the reduction of foodborne illness in the U.S.

Drs. Theno and Masters join the prestigious Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award Hall of Fame, which includes Dr. Larry Beuchat, Distinguished Research Professor, Center for Food Safety and Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Georgia; Allen Katsuyama, lead scientist and educator with the National Food Processors Association; Dr. William Sperber, Corporate Microbiologist, Cargill Foods, Inc.; Keith Ito, Senior Vice President, Western Laboratory, National Food Processors Association; Dr. Robert L. Buchanan, Senior Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science, CFSAN U.S. FDA; and Dr. R. Bruce Tompkin, Chief Microbiologist and Vice President Product Safety for ConAgra Refrigerated Prepared Foods (retired); Dr. John Butts, V.P. Research, Land O’Frost; and Dr. Don L. Zink, Senior Food Scientist, Office of Food Safety, U.S. FDA CFSAN.

About Food Safety Magazine

Food Safety Magazine serves the information needs of more than 20,000 food safety and quality assurance professionals worldwide. For more than a decade, Food Safety Magazine has provided content-rich science-based and food safety ROI-oriented editorial, resources, conference programming and networking channels to leading food supply chain companies and organizations. Our mission is to help all levels of food safety decision makers and practitioners in food manufacturing, foodservice, retail, regulatory and research acquire state-of-the-art, state-of-the-practice know-how to align food safety science and technology with business strategies that optimize the efficiencies and effectiveness of food safety systems across the supply chain. For more information, visit