The NSF-GFTC Food Safety Recognition Awards honor Canadian food safety excellence

GUELPH, Ontario – NSF-GFTC, part of NSF International’s Global Food Division, presented its annual Food Safety Recognition Awards during last week’s Safe Food Canada 2015 Symposium at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario. Hosted by NSF-GFTC, the Safe Food Canada Symposium provided strategic insights on the food industry’s regulatory landscape, global supply chains and business ethics.

The NSF-GFTC Food Safety Recognition Awards honor Canadian food and beverage companies, and individuals who lead food safety excellence within an organization, for their contributions to food safety science and for engaging in food safety public education and action.

“There are many food safety success stories in Canada and we wanted to develop a mechanism to share and celebrate those successes,” said Frank Schreurs, NSF-GFTC’s Managing Director, Consulting and Technical Services. “NSF-GFTC created the awards to encourage innovation in educational programs, processes and technologies that advance food safety in Canada.”

Each year, an independent panel of food safety experts from academia, industry and the regulatory community reviews nominations from across Canada to select the recipients. Nominations are evaluated on the basis of excellence and leadership in the advancement of food safety.

The submissions were diverse, country-wide and represented various areas within the food industry. This year’s winners are as follows:

Food Safety Leadership Award

Heather Gale, Executive Director, CanadaGAP
Heather Gale received the NSF-GFTC Food Safety Leadership Award for her active role in introducing successful food safety initiatives within the fresh produce industry. In particular, Gale was instrumental in launching the CanadaGAP food safety certification program, helping educate the industry and gain acceptance for this essential food safety standard over the past six years.

Food Safety Excellence Award

Oxford Frozen Foods, Oxford, Nova Scotia
Oxford Frozen Foods received the NSF-GFTC Food Safety Excellence Award for having developed and implemented comprehensive food safety programs which involved gaining commitment from senior management, earning certification for Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-benchmarked standards, implementing mechanisms for employee engagement and ongoing capital investment in facilities and equipment to enhance food safety.

Allied Trades Food Safety Award

3M Canada Company: Food Safety Division, London, Ontario
3M received the NSF-GFTC Allied Trades Food Safety Award for its continued leadership in providing innovative testing services that can be used to further enhance food safety in the areas of indicator organisms testing, pathogen detection and hygiene monitoring.

For more information about the 2015 NSF-GFTC Food Safety Recognition Awards, please contact Lise Smedmor at lsmedmore@nsf.org or visit NSF-GFTC's website.

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.The NSF Global Food Division provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution and dairy, to seafood, retail and restaurants. NSF-GFTC, now part of NSF International’s Global Food Division, provides food safety and quality consulting, auditing, training, quality and technical services along with innovative solutions for the food and beverage industry to help leading processors and manufacturers improve their people, process and products (www.gftc.ca).

Media Contacts:
Canada:
Lise Smedmor, NSF-GFTC
Phone: 519-821-1246, ext. 5024
Email: lsmedmor@nsf.org

USA:
Kelly Ingerly, NSF International
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