FDA’s Kevin Smith Receives Walter F. Snyder Award for Environmental Health from NSF International and National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)



Brands 2021 50 years of NSF International and NEHA presenting the Snyder Award, which commemorates Walter F. Snyder, co-founder and first executive director of NSF International, and those who carry on its legacy by making exceptional contributions to environmental and public health.

“Kevin’s lifelong career has been anchored in his service and commitment to improving health for all. His monumental work in creating national food regulatory standards and food safety practices has ensured the health and safety of consumers across the country, ”said Kevan lawlor, President and CEO of NSF International. “Thanks to Kevin’s leadership and influence on food security, his impact matches that of Walter snyder and past laureates in that it will endure and improve the quality of life in our society for years to come. ”

Smith has been instrumental in the development, delivery and advancement of national standards that guide the implementation of regulatory programs and set the bar for the design and performance of equipment related to food protection and health. environmental. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of the National Voluntary Retail Food Regulatory Program (VNRFRPS) and Manufactured Food Regulatory Program (MFRPS) standards, which are used by agencies. of local and national food safety to develop coherent and sustainable regulatory excellence programs. . Achieving the VNRFRPS and MFRPS is now the goal of food safety programs across the country looking to continually improve program delivery. Working with the National Association of County Health Officials (NACCHO), Smith also led the design and funding of the Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program, which for more than 10 years brought together health services premises to use the VNRFRPS.

“Kevin is known throughout the food safety industry for his collaborative nature, his deep experience in standards development and his commitment to the whole. He always takes the time to thoroughly examine different points of view while being thoughtful, flexible and respectful, ”said David T. Dyjack, Dr. PH, CIH, Executive Director and CEO of NEHA. “His ability to engage others and implement change has been invaluable in building consensus when creating important national standards – many of which are now central to the work of food safety professionals and organizations across the country. . ”

At CFSAN, Smith advanced studies of retail FDA dietary risk factors and was a major contributor to the FDA report on the occurrence of foodborne disease risk factors – a series of landmark reports that have elevated the objective examination of food safety practices in retail and restaurant operations and set the stage for follow-up studies that have transformed the areas of auditing and management for the better. food safety inspection.

In his current role at the FDA, Smith advises executives on strategic initiatives and program development, leading national efforts to address food waste, promote food recovery, and protect food from contamination during transport. He has advised on programs and initiatives aimed at reducing food waste while tackling food insecurity and creating jobs, including the Food Recovery Accelerator and the ReFED Food Waste Action Network. Its efforts to promote safe food donation and the standardization of date labels on packaged foods benefit food donors and food recovery organizations. Its collaboration with experts in food security, environmental engineering, epidemiology, laboratory analysis and public health has helped create a more integrated food security system and promote comprehensive food security reform.

Smith was active in the FDA investigation into the incidence of foodborne illness associated with commercial food equipment such as deli slicers and soft drink freezer dispensers. He was instrumental in developing changes to the consensus U.S. National Standards for the construction of equipment, which have been shown to be critical in preventing foodborne illness and ensuring compliance with the FDA Food Code. As a result, regulators across the country have been given a clear and consistent path to address the difficult challenge of assessing food equipment compliance with regulations.

Smith has held a number of senior positions at the FDA including Director of Retail Food Protection Staff, Acting Director of the Co-operative Programs Division and Head of Consumer Safety on the Retail Food Protection Team. at CFSAN. Prior to joining the FDA in 2001, he was responsible for the standards development program at NSF International, working on standards for a range of products including food equipment, swimming pool equipment, and sewage and storm water treatment technologies. . He got his start in public health as a sanitation specialist in the Ulster County Health Department and the New York State Department of Health.

Smith has been an active leader on many national committees, including the Food Protection Conference (CFP) Strategic Planning, Constitution and Constitution, Food Recovery and Sanitation Committees. He was a member of the CFP Council III, an FDA non-voting consultant to the CFP Council I and III, and the FDA representative on the board of directors. He has actively participated in the National Inter-State Milk Shipments Conference, the Shellfish Sanitation Conference, the Underwriter Laboratories’ Environmental and Public Health Council, the Joint Committee on Food Equipment of NSF International, to the National Automatic Merchandising Association’s Automatic Merchandising Health-Industry Council, to the American Society for Testing and Materials Committee F26 for food equipment and more. He is a member and past chair of the Council of Public Health Consultants which oversees the public health ratification of NSF / ANSI standards. He was a member of the NEHA and the Association of Food and Drug Officials. Smith holds a BS in Food Science from the University of Delaware and an MPH in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan.

Nominations for the Snyder Awards are open to the public and recipients are selected by a jury of environmental health leaders. For more information on the Walter F. Snyder Awards or to nominate a colleague for next year’s award, visit the NSF International website.

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About NSF International

NSF International is an independent global organization that facilitates the development of standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse effects on health and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF International is committed to protecting human health and safety around the world. Present in 180 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating center on food safety, water quality and the indoor environment.

About the National Association for Environmental Health (NEHA)

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is a professional organization with more than 5,000 members in the public and private sectors as well as in universities and uniformed services. He publishes the peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Health, which is a valuable resource for the full spectrum of environmental health topics. NEHA’s mission, “to advance environmental health professionals with the goal of providing a healthy environment for all” is fulfilled in the products and services offered by NEHA through training, education, networking, professional development and political participation.

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