Annual awards program recognizes outstanding leadership and innovation in food safety; Nomination deadline is Friday, March 18, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - NSF International, an organization committed to protecting and improving public health, announces its first call for nominations for the 2016 Food Safety Leadership Awards (FSLA).  Well-respected in the food industry, this program recognizes individuals that demonstrate outstanding food safety leadership.

Who: Foodservice operators, manufacturers, researchers, public health officials and members of academia are encouraged to submit nominations.

When: Nomination deadline is Friday, March 18, 2016. The 2016 FSLA award winners will be announced at the 2016 Food Safety Summit on Thursday, May 12, 2016, 9:30 a.m. in Rosemont, IL.

How:  Nominators can download forms online and submit them through postal mail or email to:

Ms. Mary Ellen Krueger
NSF International
789 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 USA
Email forms to: fsla@nsf.org

Award Categories: The FSLA Training and Education Award recognizes exceptional academic and training programs. The FSLA Food Safety Innovation Award recognizes outstanding breakthroughs in categories such as equipment design, packaging innovation, product development, research advances, system improvement and technology breakthroughs. Nominations for a special Lifetime Achievement award are also being accepted.

The program guidelines and application form are available on NSF International’s website.

Nominations will be evaluated based on creativity, innovation, design, contribution to the advancement of food safety and overall quality of contributions made. An independent panel of food safety experts will select the winners.

Previous winners include: US Foods, Earthbound Farms, Publix Super Markets, The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. John H. Silliker, Agion Technologies, Sodexo, Jack in the Box, Dr. Bob Whitaker, Produce Marketing Association, William Marler and the California Strawberry Commission, among others.

Editor's Note: Media interested in more information can contact Liz Nowland-Margolis at media@nsf.org or +1 734-418-6624.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.