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Dairy Facts 2016

Food Safety Leadership Award

The IDFA Food Safety Leadership Award honors an individual, group or organization from among IDFA’s membership for demonstrating outstanding leadership toward enhancing food safety within the dairy products industry. The winner will receive a glass trophy with the name of the award, the date and recipient’s name engraved.

The award will alternate between honoring companies or groups in odd years and individuals in even years. 

Brian Kraus of Wells Enterprises Earns 2018 Food Safety Leadership Award

Brian Kraus, director of food safety and regulatory compliance with Wells Enterprises, Inc., received the International Dairy Foods Association’s Food Safety Leadership Award at Dairy Forum 2018. The award honors an individual, group or organization for demonstrating outstanding leadership in enhancing food safety within the dairy products industry, and Kraus has been a driving force for excellence in food safety for more than 30 years.

During his tenure with Wells Enterprises, Kraus has built a strong food safety culture throughout the organization and has emerged as a leader for the broader dairy products industry. He has trained more than 60 Wells employees on effective preventive controls in ice cream production and serves as a subject matter expert and trainer in a number of dairy industry food safety programs.

Kraus is engaged with the industry’s Listeria Research Consortium, a group working to find new and innovative solutions for the control of Listeria monocytogenes, and he is involved in research on the control of persistent Listeria in dairy processing environments.

View a brief video honoring Brian Kraus here

Nominations for the 2019 Food Safety Leadership Award will open this summer.

Previous winner: 

The Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension team received the inaugural award in 2017. The team was selected for its comprehensive and innovative approaches to support and improve food safety across the dairy industry, as well as its drive to share cutting-edge research conducted by its world-renowned scientists with the global dairy industry.

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