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FFF Freezing Research Award Goes to Dr. Martin Widemann

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The Arlington, Virginia-headquartered Frozen Food Foundation (FFF), in conjunction with the Des Moines, Iowa-based International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), recently presented Dr. Martin Wiedmann, with the tenth annual Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award.

Wiedmann, a distinguished professor in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has conducted extensive research on the prevalence and control of Listeria in frozen foods. His recent studies have contributed to the creation of a novel computer model, known as EnABLe, that has the potential to pinpoint locations in food manufacturing facilities where Listeria might be present, grow and be a source of cross contamination.

Dr. Martin Wiedmann

The award, which recognizes individuals or organizations whose research contributes to the continued enhancement of food quality and safety through freezing, was presented during the IAFP’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

“The Frozen Food Foundation is honored to recognize Dr. Wiedmann’s innovative work that provides the frozen food industry with a better understanding of potential entry points for and growth of Listeria in frozen food facilities, which has resulted in the development of more robust food safety programs,” said Foundation President Alison Bodor, who also serves as president and chief executive officer of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI).

Wiedmann has a Ph.D. in food science Cornell University and a Ph.D. equivalent degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Munich. As the recipient of the 2019 Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award, he received a $2,000 honorarium and a commemorative plaque.