IDFA and its members are committed to maintaining and
enhancing the high quality and safety of U.S. dairy foods products. The IDFA
Food Safety Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership and efforts by individuals,
groups or organizations within its membership to enhance food safety.
The nomination period for the 2022 award is now open; all nominations are due by Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. The winner will be announced and recognized at Dairy Forum 2022. Download the nomination here.
In even years, such as 2022, the winner will be an employee of an IDFA member company that processes, manufactures, markets or distributes dairy products in North America.
In odd years, the winner will be selected from one of these categories:
An IDFA member company that processes, manufactures, markets or distributes dairy products in North America;
A group of employees within the member company; or
An IDFA-organized group of volunteers, such as a committee, task force or working group, where employees of member companies make up a majority of the group.
Criteria for Eligibility
General Qualifications for Nominees
The winning individual must demonstrate outstanding leadership and contributions to the field of food safety for the dairy foods industry.
Previous recipients are not eligible to be nominated.
Those nominating are expected to provide the following package of materials for consideration:
Nomination cover letter: Submit a cover letter that includes the name, position, and company of the nominee, as well as a summary of the individual’s achievements.
Food safety leadership achievements: List specific activities and outcomes achieved during the past two years that would be considered significant food safety leadership achievements or accomplishments, such as developing a process or procedure that increased food safety; initiating and/or participating in the development and/or implementation of new food safety guidance and/or training for the industry; conducting research that made a specific contribution to food safety; and writing or co-authoring papers that were published in recognized peer-reviewed journals or magazines.
Originality of work: Describe the originality, creativity and quality of the contribution and note the significance and importance of the contribution to the industry. Provide documentation that supports the effectiveness of the effort.
Peer assessment of nominee: Provide at least two and no more than three letters of support from professional peers.