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Food Safety Leadership Award

The IDFA Food Safety Leadership Award honors an individual, group or organization selected from the association’s membership for demonstrating outstanding leadership toward enhancing food safety within the dairy products industry.The award is presented annually, and the winning team or individual will be honored at a special recognition ceremony during Dairy Forum. Winners may receive free registration, airfare and hotel accommodations to attend Dairy Forum.

General qualifications for nominees

  • In odd years, the winner will be an IDFA member company that processes, manufactures, markets or distributes dairy products in North America; a group or organization within such company; or an IDFA-organized group of volunteers (e.g., a committee, task force or working group) where member company employees make up a majority of the group. 
  • In even years, the winner will be an individual employee of an IDFA member company that processes, manufactures, markets or distributes dairy products in North America.  
  • The winner or winning team must demonstrate outstanding leadership and contributions to the field of food safety for the dairy foods industry.
  • Previous recipients are not eligible to participate.

Criteria for nominations

  • Nomination cover letter
    Submit a cover letter that includes a summary of the achievements, along with the name of the company or group and the names and titles of all individuals who contributed to the overall success of the team.Groups may nominate themselves, or nominations may be prepared and submitted by others.
  • 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 two letters of support from professional peers.
  • Additional points to consider under the criteria for evaluating nominee 
    Other activities that are not specifically covered above may be provided to emphasize the nominee’s leadership and dedication to food safety.

Nomination deadline and submission

The nomination period will open July 31, 2019, and close Sept. 30, 2019.  Nominations should be sent to John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, at

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