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IDFA Introduces Annual Food Safety Leadership Award

Jan 27, 2016

Contact: Marti Hogan
(202) 220-3535


Now Accepting Nominations for 2017 Award

(Phoenix – January 27, 2016) The dairy industry has a longstanding reputation of providing healthy, wholesome and safe dairy products. As the rolling implementation of the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act continues this year, the International Dairy Foods Association and its members believe that maintaining a culture of food safety across the dairy industry has never been more important. That’s why IDFA created the Food Safety Leadership Award.

The award, which IDFA announced this week at Dairy Forum 2016, will honor an individual, a group or an organization for providing outstanding leadership that has made a significant contribution to improving or reinforcing the food safety of dairy products.

IDFA is currently accepting nominations, and the inaugural award will be presented at Dairy Forum 2017. The winner will receive free registration, airfare and hotel accommodations for Dairy Forum to attend the awards ceremony.

“Perhaps you know someone who developed a new food safety training program for plant employees or a team that conducted research that made a specific contribution to food safety,” said Connie Tipton, IDFA CEO and president. “We are asking you to nominate your peers for this award.”

More information about the criteria for nominations as well as the timeline for submitting recommendations is available online at the IDFA Food Safety Leadership Award page.

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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies within a $125-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's nearly 200 dairy processing members run nearly 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. Visit IDFA at

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