International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) honors Dr. Shyam Sablani for his discoveries supporting our food supply.
Sablani earned the association’s 2021 Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in research that impacts safety and quality of frozen foods.
Sablani has made substantial contributions to the science and technology of frozen and refrigerated foods. He found that a type of ultraviolet light can go through ice and deactivate pathogens that may be present on surfaces of frozen foods , helping improve their safety; investigated unfreezable water; and explored sensitivity of starch-, protein- and sugar-rich frozen foods to temperature fluctuations in the cold chain. His findings have provided insights for improved packaging design, storage and transportation strategies to minimize quality changes in frozen foods.