Over 2,200 FEMA GRAS substances have been accepted internationally through the United Nations FAO/WHO Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), an important step toward the global harmonization of flavor ingredients.
In 2009, FEMA established the Dr. Richard L. Hall Scholarship in Flavor Science. The Hall Scholarship was initiated by FEMA with a contribution of $50,000 and will be awarded annually to a graduate student in the flavor sciences or a discipline related to flavor or food safety.
Dr. Hall has provided a lifetime of exceptional support and commitment to the flavor industry and to FEMA. Through his 50 years of dedicated service, Dr. Hall has left an indelible mark on the flavor industry. He partnered with others to develop and implement the FEMA GRAS™ evaluation program and, together with Ben Oser, established the FEMA Expert Panel. He served as president of the flavor industry’s leading organizations: FEMA, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and the International Union of Food Science and Technology. He authored, co-authored, and co-edited more than 90 scientific and professional articles and books. He has been honored with numerous awards: IFT’s Nicholas Appert, International, Fellers, and Oser Awards; the Kohnstamm Prize in Industrial Chemistry; the 25th Anniversary Medal of the Polish Academy of Sciences; and FEMA’s Willoughby McCormick Centennial Award.
Scholarship recipients will embody the same devotion to the use of sound science in the safety assessment of flavors that has characterized Dr. Hall’s work. Through this Scholarship, FEMA hopes to educate the next generation of leaders in flavor science, ensuring that our industry continues to develop and thrive.
The Dr. Richard L. Hall Scholarship in Flavor Science is managed by the IFT Foundation. Further information regarding the Scholarship’s eligibility requirements can be found on the IFT website. To designate your contribution in support of the Hall fund, please contact Jamie Larkins - [email protected].