(Left to right): FDA Deputy Director Michael Landa, NCFST founder and executive advisory board member Dr. Darsh Wasan, Dr. Paul Hall, AIV Microbiology & Food Safety Consultants LLC and NCFST executive advisory board member Dr. Jonathan DeVries, General Mills, pose following the 2009 NCFST Food Safety Award to Hall in March.
The National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), presented its 2009 NCFST Food Safety Award to Paul A. Hall, PhD, president and COO of AIV Microbiology & Food Safety Consultants LLC, at the consortium’s semi-annual meeting in March. The annual NCFST Food Safety Award recognizes the achievements of an individual in the field of food science and technology who has made outstanding contributions to food safety across government, academia and industry. Nominations are evaluated by a selection panel consisting of representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), IIT and the food industry.
The NCFST award also recognizes Hall’s 30 years of experience as a food safety leader. During his career, he has held a variety of management positions with companies including Kraft Foods, Matrix MicroScience, Anheuser Busch Companies and Ralston Purina. Following positions as a Microbiology Manager in Corporate Research and Development for Anheuser Busch Companies, Inc. and in Central Research for Ralston Purina Co., Hall joined Kraft Foods Technology Center in 1989 as Section Manager, Chilled Foods Stability and Methods Development in the Microbiology and Food Safety Department. In 1994, he assumed the position of Director of Microbiology and Food Safety for Kraft Foods North America and in 2003, was named Kraft’s Senior Director of Microbiology and Food Safety. Hall also served as V.P. Global Business Development for Matrix MicroScience Inc. and established food safety improvements at ConAgra Foods in 2007 as the company’s vice president of global food safety.
Hall launched his own consulting firm in 2008, AIV Microbiology & Food Safety Consultants LLC, which provides food safety, quality, regulatory compliance and crisis management consulting services to the food industry and to clients including NCFST, Wal-Mart, General Mills, HerbaLife, Silliker Inc., Cadbury-Schweppes and others.
Hall joins the NCFST Food Safety Award Hall of Fame, which includes Jon DeVries, PhD, General Mills (2005), Michael Cirigliano, PhD, Unilever (2006), Richard Whiting, PhD, U.S. FDA CFSAN (2007) and Katherine M.J. Swanson, PhD, Ecolab.