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Cutter recipient of 2011 American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Distinguished Extension-Industry Service Award

Posted: May 25, 2011

Dr. Catherine Cutter, associate professor of food science and food safety specialist, is the recipient of the 2011 American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Distinguished Extension-Industry Service Award. The award was established in 1965 to recognize outstanding achievement in meat science extension and service to the industry and is sponsored by the American Meat Institute Foundation (AMI Foundation).
Dr. Catherine Cutter

Dr. Catherine Cutter

Dr. Cutter will be honored at a special reception and awards presentation at the AMSA 64th Reciprocal Meat Conference on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in Manhattan, KS.

Dr. Cutter has developed and conducted numerous workshops and educational programs. Some of her best known are HACCP Training for Meat Processors, Food Microbiology and Sanitation, Venison 101 (a hands-on program to make deer hunters and custom processors aware of good sanitation and meat handling practices), and Serve-Safe Training.

Thomas Powell, Executive Director of AMSA, said “Dr. Catherine Cutter is a deserving recipient of the Distinguished Extension-Industry Service Award, having developed an outstanding meat industry extension program serving Pennsylvania and U.S. meat processors. Dr. Cutter's extension and educational programs provide training and information to small and large processors as well as the general public.”

Dr. Cutter supplements her extension programs with a very productive research laboratory. Her work is industry focused and receives funding from many organizations including AMI, USDA and a number of individual companies. The laboratory’s specific projects are aimed at solving pressing problems of immediate concern to meat processors. Equally important is the fact that she uses graduate and undergraduate students to complete most of the laboratory and in-plant work. The result is students who are well prepared to move into industry positions.

A quick look at Dr. Cutter's very extensive publication list gives testament to her exceptional productivity while the prominence of student coauthors indicates a laboratory where effective education is underway.

Dr. Cutter is an enthusiastic and dedicated educator and researcher serving the meat industry. Her meat industry perspective, her unparalleled technical expertise in microbiology and her exceptional skills and enthusiasm as a communicator combine to make her one of the most effective Meat Extension specialists in the United State today.