U.S. Meat Export Federation-Mexico’s director of Technical Services, Nelson Huerta was recently honored by the American Meat Science Association with its International Lectureship Award.

The AMSA award was established in 1992 to honor an individual for internationally recognized contributions to the field of meat science and technology; active leadership and promotion of international activities in fostering cooperation and open communication; and the dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of society through meat science and technology.

Huerta was recognized for his work with USMEF in developing relationships in Mexico which have promoted science-based policies that have had a positive impact on red meat exports.  In addition, Huerta’s recent work in comparing palatability characteristics of U.S. beef versus Mexican and Venezuelan beef has been of interest to the industry and has already been utilized through USMEF marketing activities to counteract nonscientific and misleading claims of competitors in international markets.

“This award is in recognition of a lifetime of achievements by Dr. Nelson Huerta,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and chief executive officer.  “He is an asset to our organization and to the global meat industry.”

Huerta accepted the award at the AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference in Lubbock, Texas.  In his acceptance speech, Huerta stressed the importance of continued cooperation and education between the United States and Latin America to further improve food safety and meat quality for all parties.

“Dr. Huerta’s experiences during his career include working as a university teacher and researcher, and the application of his meat science experience in the industrial setting to help solve problems that affect our society,” said Robert Delmore, professor of meat science at California Polytechnic State University, and chairman of the 2010 AMSA RMC planning committee .  “Through these efforts, Dr. Huerta has enhanced opportunities for companies to engage in international trade and market their products.  Our selection committee felt that he embodies the intent of our award and that he is an excellent choice.”

As part of his commitment to international cooperation, Huerta has delivered more then 50 presentations in 16 countries including invited lectures, scientific/trade seminars and research results.  Huerta continued those efforts on Wednesday afternoon in leading and moderating an international session titled “Learning from Each Other: Meat Safety and Quality in Latin America.” 

Source: USMEF