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Exponent Principal Named Recipient of Food Safety Award


June 15, 2010

Barbara Petersen, Principal Scientist, Exponent, has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Bernard L. Oser Food Ingredient Safety Award by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a not-for-profit international society with 22,000 members working in food science, technology and related professions.

The Bernard L. Oser Food Ingredients Safety Award is given yearly to honor an IFT member for his or her contribution to the scientific knowledge of food ingredient safety, or leadership in establishing principles for food ingredient safety evaluation or regulation. The award will be presented at IFT’s Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago, IL on July 17th 2010, and includes a $3,000 honorarium and a plaque from the Bernard L. Oser Endowment Fund of the IFT Foundation.

Petersen’s groundbreaking work in establishing methodologies for exposure assessment is now used worldwide by food safety organizations and authorities. She also designed the Tolerance Assessment System for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use in evaluating pesticides. Petersen has made significant contributions to food toxicology issues within IFT, organizing more than a dozen workshops and symposia as part of her active involvement with the Toxicology and Food Safety Evaluation Division. She recently served as Editor of the IFT Expert Report, Functional Foods: Opportunities and Challenges, and as Subject Expert for IFT’s participation in the CODEX General Principles meeting.