Awards for Excellence

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



(2004), "Awards for Excellence", British Food Journal, Vol. 106 No. 9.



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Awards for Excellence

Awards for Excellence

D.A. PowellUniversity of Guelph, CanadaK. BlaineUniversity of Guelph, CanadaS. MorrisUniversity of Guelph, CanadaandJ. WilsonBirkbank Farms, Orton, Canada

are the recipients of the Journal's Outstanding Paper Award for Excellence for their paper

“Agronomic and consumer considerations for Bt and conventional sweet-corn”

which appeared in British Food Journal, Vol. 105 No. 10, 2003

Douglas Powell as an Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph and scientific director of the Food Safety Network has spent much of his professional career seeking to bridge the gaps between, science, society and policy through active engagement of stakeholders. He has led and continues to manage the development, implementation and assessment of on-farm food safety programs for produce from Ontario, as well as serving as chair of the on-farm food safety committee of the Canadian Horticulture Council. His extension work with producers and consumers on on-farm food safety and GE food has resulted numerous publications and receipt of the 2002 Canadian Agri-Food Award of Excellence for agriculture awareness and education. Current and future research projects will focus on how best to compel individual producers, retail employees, and consumers, to acknowledge, and adopt best practices to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Dr Powell is also developing a food safety policy program at the University of Guelph, based on numerous national and international collaborations, and building on the fundamentals of risk analysis.

Katija Blaine received a BASc in applied human nutrition and an MSc in food safety and quality assurance both from the University of Guelph. Since then, Katija has worked as a research assistant with the Food Safety Network at the University of Guelph's department of plant agriculture. She has been involved in many activities at the Food Safety Network which aims to provide international research, commentary, policy evaluation and public information on food safety and safe food handling from farm to fork. In particular she has been involved with developing, implementing and evaluating agricultural extension projects such as the model farm project and on-farm food safety programs for fresh fruit and vegetable growers.

Shane H. Morris is currently the National Biotechnology Operations Coordinator for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The CFIA is the Government of Canada's key science-based regulator to safeguard Canada's food supply and the plants and animals upon which safe and high-quality food depends. Prior to this Mr Morris was a visiting researcher at the Food Safety Network at the University of Guelph, Canada. He completed a BSc at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth specializing in molecular genetics in 1997 after which he carried out graduate research at the University of Limerick, Ireland. This work focused on the public perception and attitudes to modern agri-biotechnology and resulting public policy and legislation. Mr Morris also managed the pilot Irish Biotechnology Information Centre. He has been involved in biotechnology policy development for an Irish political party and has been a consultant to several Irish members of the European Parliament.

Jeff Wilson is a Farmer, and a graduate of the University of Guelph's Associate Diploma in Agriculture. He has an extensive history and Cv in agricultural involvement, including past chair of Canadian Horticultural Council, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Agcare and The Ontario Asparagus Growers Marketing Board. He has received numerous recognition awards including Canadian Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year (1992) University of Guelph Outstanding Service Award (2003) and the OFVGA Award of Merit (1999). With his wife Sharon he operates Birkbank Farms a 250 acre produce, grain and research farm with an onfarm retail market. His research allows applied farming solutions with a consumer relevance, to be explored in a retail setting. The goal is to advance science with a benefit to farmers.

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