DeLauro, Whitfield honored for food science efforts

by Stephanie Bloyd
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CHICAGO – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Congressman Ed Whitfield were awarded the 2008 Congressional Support for Science Award by the Institute of Food Technologists (I.F.T.). The awards reception will be June 4 in Washington. The award is presented annually by the I.F.T. to highlight service by legislators or policy-makers who advance the role of science and technology in food and agricultural policies.

Over the past year, Ms. DeLauro has worked for funding to ensure food supply safety and a healthy agricultural economy, the I.F.T. said. She also co-founded the Congressional Food Safety Caucus to explore remedies for foodborne illness, and serves as chair of the Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee.

"We are very proud to recognize Congresswoman DeLauro for her dedication to making the U.S. food supply safe and nutritious for consumers," said John Floros, president of the I.F.T.. "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."

Mr. Whitfield was applauded for his support of the farm bill, which authorized $714 billion for a variety of agriculture and food assistance programs. He also serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and is the ranking member on the Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, the I.F.T. said.

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