HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Ellis W. Brunton, Ph.D., today was named recipient of the American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation Scientific Achievement Award. The award was presented during the AMI Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase, October 4-6, 2006, in Hollywood, Fla.
Brunton recently retired
after a 32-year career with Tyson Foods, Inc.,
where he was senior vice president of science
and regulatory affairs. According to AMI
Chairman Robert Manly, executive vice president
of Smithfield Foods, Inc., “His efforts and
their impact extend well beyond Tyson itself.
Ellis has been a tireless advocate for public
policies that have true food safety and public
Manly said an
important example of his advocacy is the
development of Tyson’s Sentinel Site Program.
“Our industry faced a regulatory agency
whose policies discouraged companies from
aggressively looking for Listeria in the
environment because when they found it, they
were penalized,” Manly said. “Through his
persuasion, USDA came to agree that a system
that encouraged companies to look for the
pathogen so that it might be destroyed and
prevented in the future was a far more
promising approach. Now, that same approach
has been applied to E. coli prevention and its
Brunton has served
on numerous academic and industry committees.
He is a member of the Steering Committee of the
Food Safety Consortium at the University of
Arkansas, Iowa State University and Kansas
State University. He has served on the Burger
King Animal Welfare Council and AMI’s own
Scientific Advisory Committee.
“Perhaps John Tyson said it best in
his nomination,” according to Manly. “Dr.
Brunton has been a visionary grounded in
Brunton attended the
University of Missouri Columbia, where he
received a B.S. in 1966, M.S. in 1968 and Ph.D.
in 1972, in the area pathology program,
specializing in analytical chemistry. He also
attended the Harvard University School of
Business Administration and completed the
Program for Management Development in
AMI Foundation Names Former Tyson Scientist Ellis W. Brunton, Ph.D., Recipient of the 2006 Scientific Achievement AwardThursday, October 5, 2006
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