Food Safety Leadership Award

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 2021 award is now open; all nominations are due by Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The winner will be announced and recognized at Dairy Forum 2021.

Eligible Candidates

In odd years, such as 2021, the winner will be selected from one of these categories:

In even years, the winner will be an employee of an IDFA member company that processes, manufactures, markets or distributes dairy products in North America.

Criteria for Eligibility

General Qualifications for Nominees

Criteria

Deadline for Submissions

All nominations are due by Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.

Previous Winners

Edith Wilkin, Staff Vice President and Fellow, Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance, Leprino Foods (2020)

“Edith not only served as chair of the Food Safety Initiative with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy during its inception, she also led, developed and published traceability standards for dairy processors that have become the gold standard across the industry,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards. “Edith is a unique and influential food safety expert who shares her knowledge and science-based food safety insights with colleagues and mentees across the dairy industry. IDFA is proud to present this year’s Food Safety Leadership Award to Edith Wilkin.”

John Allan, IDFA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and International Standards

Rich Draper, CEO, and Heather Draper, Director, The Ice Cream Club, Inc. (2019)

Brian Kraus, Director of Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance, Wells Enterprises, Inc. (2018)

Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension team (2017)

For more information, contact John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, at jallan@idfa.org.

Staff Contact

John Allan

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and International Standards