NSF International honored U.S. Rep. Dingell for his contribution to the advancement of public health, environmental and consumer protection at an awards ceremony in Ann Arbor, Mich. on August 14, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich.– Global public health and safety organization NSF International honored retiring U.S. Rep. John Dingell for his more than 58 years of outstanding public service in the advancement of public health, environmental and consumer protection. The awards ceremony was held August 14 at NSF headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is in the Congressman’s district.

“For the past 70 years, both John Dingell and NSF International have been committed to protecting public health. Much of what NSF International has accomplished through our history has been influenced and guided by the laws sponsored or supported by John Dingell. Because of his unprecedented and unparalleled legislative record, I am pleased to honor Mr. Dingell for his outstanding public service,” said NSF International President and Chief Executive Officer Kevan P. Lawlor.

Additionally, U.S. Rep. Dingell recently presented a Congressional Record statement honoring NSF International’s 70 years of service as a public health organization.

“The sanitation and quality of our products and food present a monumentally important responsibility. We need to make every effort to ensure that people around the world receive healthy and safe goods and services that have a standardized backing. NSF International combines all of these values and I am proud to support their mission. I would like to thank NSF International for all their work over the past 70 years and wish them the best of luck in the future as they continue to work on behalf of people everywhere,” said Rep. John Dingell.

Among John Dingell’s considerable achievements during his tenure as representative of Michigan’s 12th Congressional District is the development of laws that protect consumers, natural resources and wildlife; help ensure safe drinking water and clean air; foster clean energy and significantly improve food safety regulations.

Rep. Dingell was integral to the recent passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and authored many of its provisions. FSMA is the most significant reform of food safety laws in 70 years and grants new authorities to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in addition to refocusing food safety philosophy from responding to food outbreaks to preventing them.

Rep. Dingell also authored laws and amendments to key legislation that protects and improves clean air and water. This includes the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act that increased the authority and responsibility of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as the 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that emphasized the use of sound science and risk-based standard setting.

For 70 years, NSF International has supported legislators through providing nonpartisan scientific and technical expertise on important public health and safety issues related to food safety, water quality, over-the-counter and pharmaceutical drugs quality, dietary supplement safety, sustainability and environmental health.

“The mission of NSF International is to protect and improve human health, a mission we share with legislators, committees, regulatory agencies and personnel whose job is to do the same. Congressman Dingell is a shining example of what can be accomplished through collaboration with multiple stakeholder groups that share a vision of protecting and improving public and environmental health,” added Lawlor.

For more information about how NSF International supports public and environmental health, please visit NSF International's website.

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About NSF International:  NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer products industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

Additional NSF services include NSF Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, nutritional/dietary supplement certification, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR).