Today Representative Charles Canady was presented the Sam R. Whitney award for contributions to food safety at the annual stockholders meeting of Food Technology Service. His tireless support and promotion of food irradiation within the Federal government has helped gain approval of poultry and red meat for irradiation pasteurization. Last fall he authored a bi-partisan letter to the FDA requesting federal funds be allocated for consumer education about food irradiation. Representative Canady supports irradiation because of the importance the application of this process will have for the general health of the public, most especially the very young and the growing retired population of the nation. “Food Technology has set the highest standards in this regard,” said Representative Canady.

The Sam R. Whitney award is given annually to the individual that has been most beneficial to the advancement of the protection of the public through the application of irradiation pasteurization. The award was named after the late founder of Food Technology Service, a respected Florida pioneer in business innovations.

A statement from U.S. Congressman Charles T. Canady follows:

Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-0912
Statement by U.S. Congressman Charles T. Canady
Recipient of the
Sam Whitney Award
Food Technology Service, Inc.
June 23, 2000

It is my honor to receive the prestigious Sam Whitney Award recognizing the accomplishments and contributions to food safety through the use and promotions of irradiation. Please accept my appreciation to Food Technology Service, Inc. for this important award, and for their efforts to promote food safety through irradiation and provide safer foods to American consumers.

Food Technology has set the highest standards in this regard and it is my honor to accept this award. I regret that I am unable to accept this recognition in person today, as Congress is in working session in Washington, D.C. My best regards are with you and thank you again.