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Dairy Facts 2016

IDFA Seeks Nominations for 2018 Food Safety Leadership Award

Jun 28, 2017


Contact: Marti Hogan
(202) 220-3535

(Washington, D.C. – June 28, 2017) The dairy industry has a longstanding reputation of providing healthy, wholesome and safe dairy products. To celebrate this continued culture of food safety across the industry, the International Dairy Foods Association is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Food Safety Leadership Award. The 2018 award will honor an employee from among IDFA’s membership who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in enhancing food safety.

“As the rolling implementation of the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act continues this year, IDFA and our members believe that maintaining a culture of food safety across the dairy industry has never been more important,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, who will oversee the selection process. “We know there are many deserving individuals within our membership, and we look forward to recognizing one of these food safety leaders and highlighting his or her contribution to the industry.”  

To qualify, the individual must be a current or recently retired employee of a dairy foods company that is a member of IDFA or one of its constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation, the National Cheese Institute and the International Ice Cream Association. The company must process, manufacture, market or distribute dairy products in North America. The selected individual will have demonstrated outstanding leadership and important contributions to the field of food safety.

The winner and up to two guests will receive free registration, airfare and hotel accommodations for Dairy Forum 2018 where the winner will be recognized during an awards ceremony. Forum will be held Jan. 21-24 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, Calif.

IDFA presented the inaugural award last year to Cornell University’s Dairy Food Extension Team. The award will alternate between honoring companies or groups in odd years and individuals in even years.

IDFA is accepting nominations through September 8, 2017. The criteria for nominations are available at IDFA Food Safety Leadership Award.

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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 nearly 525 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 operate more than 600 manufacturing facilities 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. IDFA can be found at

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