the Black Pearl
The International Association for Food Protection
(IAFP) has selected Eurofins
Scientific Inc. as the 2018
recipient of the prestigious
Black Pearl Award. Sponsored by F&H Food Equipment Company, the Black
Pearl Award will be presented at IAFP’s Annual Meeting
in Salt Lake City in July.
This honor is given annually to one company for
its efforts in advancing food
safety and quality through
consumer programs, employee relations, educational
activities, adherence to standards, and support of the
goals and objectives of IAFP.
The Eurofins mission is
to contribute to a safer and
healthier world by providing
innovative and high-quality
laboratory and advisory services for all food industries.
With a commitment to outstanding client service, Eurofins has grown to become a
global leader in food safety.
Detwiler to Receive Food Safety Magazine
Distinguished Service Award
Food Safety Magazine has recently announced that Darin Detwiler,
Ph.D., will receive the magazine’s Distinguished Service Award at
the 2018 Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food
Protection (IAFP), July 8–11, in Salt Lake City.
Detwiler, currently the assistant dean at Northeastern University’s
College of Professional Studies, will be presented with the award during the IAFP awards reception and banquet on Wednesday, July 11.
Detwiler’s work at the university includes quality assurance su-
pervision for all undergraduate and graduate programs. He is also a
professor of food regulatory policy, responsible for the development
and instruction of courses related to food safety, global economics of
food and agriculture, and food policy for graduate students who work
in the food industry. He additionally advises industry and govern-
ment agencies, addressing food safety and authenticity issues in the U.S. and abroad. After the
loss of a son to Escherichia coli in a landmark outbreak 25 years ago, he consulted with the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) in strengthening food safety policies, particularly in the ar-
eas of consumer education, product labeling, and the agency’s pathogen reduction program. In
addition to serving in various educational and advisory capacities, he has done committee work
that includes appointments to two terms as a member of the National Advisory Committee on
Meat and Poultry Inspection for USDA, where his work improved standards and policies related
to risk-based sampling. As the senior policy coordinator for a national food safety organization,
tration (FDA) as a consumer advocate in their stakeholder advisory group. He later
served two terms as a council member for the Conference for Food Protection,
identifying and addressing emerging problems of food safety to influence model
laws and regulations among all government agencies. Detwiler received his doc-
torate of law and policy from Northeastern University with a research focus
on state implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
Past recipients of the award include Reginald Bennett, M.Sc., Dane
Bernard, M.Sc., Larry Beuchat, Ph.D., Robert L. Buchanan, Ph.D., John
N. Butts, Ph.D., Keith Ito, Allen Katsuyama, Connie Kirby, M.Sc., John W.
Larkin, Ph.D., Huub Lelieveld, Barbara Masters, D.V.M., Ann Marie McNamara,
Ph.D., William Sperber, Ph.D., Steve Taylor, Ph.D., David Theno, Ph.D., Bruce
Tompkin, Ph.D., and Don L. Zink, Ph.D.
Meat Lobbying Group Argues for USDA Regulation
of “Clean Meat”
The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) has filed a federal petition with the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) in an attempt to keep some meat producers
from referring to their products as “meat.” What these producers make is actu-
ally known as “clean meat,” which is grown by way of technology and animal
cells instead of traditional animal slaughter. USCA’s petition to the USDA is
somewhat groundbreaking as the group usually tends to oppose any regulation
involving meat production.
In addition to banning the use of the term “meat,” USCA would like USDA
to be the only agency regulating the small producers that make clean meat. This
would mean that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would not be involved in
overseeing clean meat. A successful petition from USCA could keep clean meat from
gaining ground in the market and crowding out conventional meat.