At the 2013 annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) to be held July 13–16 in Chicago, Steve Taylor, Ph.D., will be presented with the Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award at the joint social of the Nonthermal Processing and Food Engineering divisions of IFT.

Dr. Taylor is professor in the department of food science & technology and co-director of the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP), a successful industry-funded consortium at the University of Nebraska. He maintains active research on food allergies, including development and improvement of detection methods, assessment of effects of processing and threshold doses and risk assessment. He also maintains an active food industry outreach program in the area of food allergies, including confidential testing services and workshops, training and webinars.

The Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award honors individuals who best exemplify the characteristics of the dedicated food safety professional. The honored are recognized by members of the profession for their collective works in promoting and advancing science-based solutions for food safety

Past recipients of the award include Allen Katsuyama, Larry Beuchat, Ph.D., Keith Ito, William Sperber, Ph.D., Robert L. Buchanan, Ph.D., Bruce Tompkin, Ph.D., John N. Butts, Ph.D., Don L. Zink, Ph.D., David Theno, Ph.D., Barbara Masters, D.V.M. and Huub Lelieveld.