Dr. Mike Davidson is recipient of the Frozen Food Foundation's 2016 Freezing Research Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Mike Davidson, winner of the 2016 Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award.

The Frozen Food Foundation, in conjunction with the International Association for Food Protection(IAFP), presented Dr. Mike Davidson, professor at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), with the seventh annual Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award.

The award, which recognizes individuals or organizations whose research contributes to the continued enhancement of food quality and safety through freezing, was presented to Dr. Davidson during the IAFP 2016 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Mo.  Dr. Davidson was selected for his research in food safety and intervention technologies relevant to the frozen food industry, including thermal resistance of microorganisms and the applicability of antimicrobials in food.

Dr. Davidson has worked extensively on the application of natural antimicrobials to specific food products to control pathogenic bacteria and spoilage microorganisms in food.  His research has led to the development of antimicrobials that are appropriate for certain types of foods, including frozen.

“The Frozen Food Foundation is pleased to recognize the achievements of Dr. Davidson through the presentation of the Freezing Research Award,” said Foundation President Alison Bodor, who also serves as president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute.  “Dr. Davidson’s contributions to the field of food safety have aided the scientific community and consumers alike by developing science-based solutions that have increased product quality, safety and shelf life.”

Dr. Davidson holds an M.S. in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from Washington State University.  He is a professor and former department head in the department of food science and technology at UTIA, where he was recently bestowed the title of institute professor.  He was the inaugural recipient of the honor, which recognizes a record of consistent outstanding performance in teaching, research and extension.

IAFP has long presented awards to members of the food industry for their work to enhance food safety.  The Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award is the only award presented at the IAFP Annual Meeting specifically for frozen food-related research.

As the recipient of the 2016 Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award, Dr. Davidson receives a $2,000 honorarium and commemorative plaque.