Association of Food and Drug Officials
June 5, 2012
Contact: Joe Corby, 518-860-2838, email@example.com
GERALD WOJTALA OF THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD PROTECTION TRAINING INSTITUTE RECEIVES THE ASSOCIATION OF FOOD & DRUG OFFICIALS (AFDO) HARVEY W. WILEY AWARD
Providence, Rhode Island, June 11, 2102 – Gerald Wojtala, Executive Director of the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI), Battle Creek, MI, was awarded the Harvey W. Wiley Award at the 116th AFDO Annual Educational Conference on June 5, 2012.The Harvey W. Wiley Award is AFDO's most prestigious award. It is presented to a regular or honorary member for exceptional service to the state or nation in the performance of duties and responsibilities in the administration and enforcement of food and drug Law and/or consumer protection laws and demonstrated promotion of the objectives of the Association. The Award is named in honor of Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, Chief of the Bureau of Chemistry of the USDA in the early 1900’s. Dr. Wiley’s contribution to science and consumer protection, coupled with his progressive advocacy for change and reform of food and drug regulations, culminated in the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.
Gerald Wojtala said, “I am extremely humbled to be among the men and women who have been recognized by AFDO for their leadership in food protection,” said Gerald Wojtala. “Over a century after Dr. Wiley’s work, we continue to pay tribute to his legacy by building a modern nationally integrated food safety system.”
Joseph Corby, Executive Director stated, “Jerry was a primary figure in the development of the International Food Protection Training Institute and always held the interests of state and local regulatory officials as a major focus of the Institute’s development. Like Dr. Wiley he has always placed the interests of consumer protection above all else, and his efforts will be recognized by food protection officials for many years to come.”
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.