Connie Kirby Receives Food Safety Magazine
Distinguished Service Award
The 2015 Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award was
presented to Connie Kirby at the 2015 annual meeting of the
International Association for Food Protection in Portland,
OR. This award honors individuals who best exemplify the
characteristics of a dedicated food safety professional who
has made a significant impact on food safety. The honored
are recognized by members of the profession for their collective works in promoting and advancing science-based solutions for food safety issues.
Connie Kirby received an M.Sc. in food sci-
ence from Oregon State University in 1990. In
her 25-year tenure with the Northwest Food
Processors Association (NWFPA), she managed the growth of
the nation’s largest regional trade association food safety and
policy program, linking a grass-roots network of industry, regu-
latory agencies and academia in the Northwest and beyond to
address common food safety goals. Within the association, Kirby provided
executive leadership and managed the operations and technical affairs issues for
the 150 member food processors and 350 supplier member companies. Prior to
NWFPA, she served as the manager for corporate quality assurance at Foster
Farms and as a quality control inspector/chemist and later as the manager of
quality control for Armour Foods.
“The NWFPA and its members are unique in the industry nationwide for
creating structure and group culture around food safety,” said former U.S.
Food and Drug Administration Seattle District Director Charles Breen at a recent NWFPA committee meeting.
Kirby recently teamed up with Dave Theno, Ph.D., of Gray Dog Partners
to help solve problems in food policy, regulatory affairs, food safety and food
In 2013, she received the Oregon Department of Agriculture Distinguished
Service Award for Individual Contribution to the Agricultural Industry.
Guidance Released on
Foodborne Disease and
The International Union of Food Science
and Technology (IUFoST) has released its
latest Scientific Information Bulletin (SIB),
which provides information on foodborne
disease and vulnerable groups for the global food science and technology community.
The purpose of this IUFoST SIB is to look at
the population groups that bear the brunt
of the foodborne disease burden because
of their higher disease incidence, more serious complications and/or greater mortality.
This SIB provides guidance on preventive
measures for those most vulnerable. While
general food safety messages are applicable
to everyone, vulnerable groups and their
caregivers should also receive targeted
advice to ensure an appropriate level of
protection against foodborne disease. The
food science and technology community is
in the best position to serve as advocates
for greater food safety for vulnerable groups
and to contribute to cost-effective solutions.
The food science and technology community can contribute to the development
of new foods and formulations to accommodate specific needs of vulnerable groups.
In addition, when developing a new food or
formulation, the safety of the new products
for vulnerable groups should be assessed.
This SIB is available at iufost.org/iufost-scientific-information-bulletins-sib.
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Food Safety Magazine Remembers
Dr. Scott Russell
Scott Marshall Russell, Ph.D., endured a long battle with cancer
before succumbing on May 31, 2015. A native of Alexandria,
VA, he received his Ph.D. in poultry science from the Univer-
sity of Georgia (UGA). Scott was a full professor of poultry
processing and products microbiology at UGA for 21 years. He is survived
by his wife, Kristine, sons Jordan Scott and Joshua David, his parents and
many family members. Gifts in memory of Scott may be made to the Scott
Russell Scholarship Endowment Fund. Checks should be made payable to
the UGA Foundation and mailed to the CAES Office of External Relations
in Athens, GA.
Scott’s research activities were primarily directed toward intervention strate-
gies for reducing pathogenic and spoilage bacteria from poultry production and
processing operations and developing rapid microbiological methods for identifying
and enumerating spoilage, indicator and pathogenic bacteria in fresh and cooked poul-
try products. He was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Food Safety Magazine.