Association of Food and Drug Officials
June 5, 2012
Contact: Joe Corby, 518-860-2838, email@example.com
THE INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, FOOD PROTECTION PROGRAM RECEIVES THE ASSOCIATION OF FOOD & DRUG OFFICIALS (AFDO) ELLIOT O. GROSVENOR FOOD SAFETY AWARD
International Honor for Exemplary Success and Leadership in Food Safety
Providence, Rhode Island – June 5, 2012 –The Indiana State Department of Health, Food Protection Program was awarded the Elliot O. Grosvenor Food Safety Award at the 116th AFDO Annual Educational Conference on June 5, 2012. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by a food safety program within a state department of Agriculture, Natural Resources agencies, Public Health, or Environmental Health in the United States or Canada. Mr. Scott Gilliam, Program Director, accepted the award on behalf of the department.
The Elliot O. Grosvenor Food Safety Award was created to recognize leaders who best showcase improvement, innovation, or sustained high performance within a food safety program. A qualified program could include responsibilities for food safety, protection, defense, or sanitation.
In 2005 Congress passed the 2005 Sanitary Food Transportation Act (SFTA).
In 2006, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) embarked on a project to determine the current state of food safety and defense of food in transit in interstate commerce. As a result, ISDH has continued to monitor and conduct food transportation assessment projects with local, state, and federal partners. The focus of the surveillance includes temperatures, cross contamination potential, food sources, labeling, packaging, pet activity, sanitation, security, and drive knowledge of food safety and defense.
Joseph Corby, Executive Director stated, “The State of Indiana has plenty of reasons to be proud of the Indiana State Department of Health, Food Protection Program. Not only has the program demonstrated a solid and passionate means for protecting Indiana citizens, but it also participates in cooperative food safety inspection programs with other state, federal, and local agencies. AFDO is pleased to recognize this excellent food protection program.”
About Association of Food and Drug Officials
The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), established in 1896, successfully fosters uniformity in the adoption and enforcement of science-based food, drug, medical devices, cosmetics and product safety laws, rules, and regulations. AFDO and its six Regional Affiliates provide the mechanism and the forum where regional, national and international issues are deliberated and resolved to uniformly provide the best public health and consumer protection in the most expeditious and cost effective manner.