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CARGILL'S WILLIAM SPERBER, PH.D. HONORED WITH AMI FOUNDATION SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT AWARD

Thursday, October 24, 2002
 

New Orleans, LA, October 24, 2002 – William Sperber, Ph.D., senior corporate microbiologist at Cargill, Inc., was honored with AMI Foundation’s First Annual Scientific Achievement Award. The award was presented at the AMI Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase in New Orleans, LA.

AMI Chairman Phil Clemens, chairman and CEO of Hatfield Quality Meats, said that AMI’s programs and policies have promoted safer foods through research, which prompted the Institute to create a new award called the AMI Foundation Scientific Achievement Award. Each year, the award will recognize an individual for outstanding contributions to the quality and safety of meat and poultry.

During his distinguished career, Sperber has served on numerous worldwide food safety initiatives, including the World Health Organization Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment, the International Life Sciences Institute Listeria Expert Working Group…the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods and the U.S. delegation to the UN Codex Committee.

Sperber’s reputation for scientific excellence has led to invitations to lecture before the National Academy of Sciences and the White House Office of Science & Technology and the National Toxicology Forum. He also has developed several microbiological procedures in use today and is the co-developer of the Fraser broth for the rapid screening of Listeria monocytogenes.

“Although Bill plans to retire soon, neither he nor his legacy will be forgotten by this industry,” Clemens said.


For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
703-841-3635
jriley@meatinstitute.org
Josee Daoust
Manager, Public Affairs
703-841-3641
jdaoust@meatinstitute.org

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