Mbabazi, Sundarrajan named winners of 2019 IAFI Peter Howgate Award
The International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) has named Stella Mbabazi and Justin Sundarrajan as the winners of the 2019 Peter Howgate Award.
The Peter Howgate Award is awarded by that IAFI to exceptionally qualified fish technologists under 30 years of age. Established in 1999, the IAFI serves the world’s fish inspection community by promoting the exchange of ideas and information; fostering interaction; facilitating understanding and professional collaboration among individuals, organizations, and governments; disseminating knowledge about seafood and associated products inspection; and "promoting advancement of the state-of-the-art fish inspection and fish quality and safety research and education,” IAFI said in a press statement.
Mbabazi, from Entebbe, Uganda, works as an inspector with the Department of Fisheries Resources of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries. She he has worked for five years undertaking official food safety controls in the fisheries value chain, according to the IAFI.
Sundarrajan, from Chennai, India, works with Newport International as a quality control manager in a plant producing pasteurised frozen crab for the U.S. market. Previously, he worked in similar functions in the Maldives and for Thai Union Group, the IAFI said.
The award comes with a prize of airfare, accommodation, and conference fees to attend the IAFI World Seafood Congress 2019 in Penang, Malaysia, taking place 9 to 11 September.
“Both are attending with the full support of their employers and are very much looking forward to the experience of hearing about the latest trends in in fish technology, and meeting with scientists, NGOs, other competent authorities and fishery business operators from all over the world,” IAFI said in its release.
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