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"Iowa Lab Helps Ensure Food Safety"

The Des Moines Register | Marco Santana

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Ardin Backous has a rare distinction: He works every day in a room with his name on it.

The 69-year-old Des Moines native's bosses surprised him in April — at his 50th anniversary at a Des Moines biotechnology company — by naming a lab used for food testing after him.

"It is one of the most rewarding things a person can imagine," Backous said. "For someone to appreciate what you have done by hanging in there ... how much better can life get than them naming a lab after you?"

Backous is director of food operations in North America for Eurofins, a Belgian company. He helps the global food-testing company ensure the food consumers buy at the grocery store is safe, and that the nutrition value labels so many rely upon are accurate.

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