May 2007

Johnson honored for service

Michael Johnson accepts plaque from Neal Apple for 20 years service to Tyson Foods.

Michael Johnson (right), a University of Arkansas professor of food science, accepts a plaque from Dr. Neal Apple (center), Tyson Foods vice president for food safety and laboratory services, expressing the company's appreciation to Johnson for more than 20 years of "invaluable service to Tyson Foods, Inc. and the food industry." Jacqueline Adams (left), senior microbiologist and head of the research team in the Tyson Food Safety and Research Laboratory in Springdale, holds a framed display of a newspaper article showing Johnson attending the 2001 groundbreaking of Tyson's food safety laboratories. Johnson, a member of the UA food science faculty since 1984, has worked closely with Tyson personnel on food safety issues and research projects. He has served from 1997 to 2005 as the research program coordinator of the UA component of the federally funded tri-state Food Safety Consortium. "The true legacy of your career in food science is a network of food safety professionals who consider you professionally and personally as a mentor, role model and friend," the plaque states. Johnson was presented the honor at the end of of a department faculty meeting.

closeup of plaque honoring Michael Johnson