Award recognizes Bail’s food safety, integrity, innovation and problem solving expertise

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Whole Foods Market recently awarded Jim Bail of NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, a special recognition supplier award for his innovation, problem solving capabilities and above all his food safety and quality expertise.  Bail, who has 40 years of food safety experience, has helped thousands of companies including Whole Foods Market improve their food safety operations.

As Director of Supply Chain Food Safety Technical Services for NSF International’s Global Food Safety Division, Bail focuses on helping companies demonstrate compliance with global food safety standards such as Safe Quality Food (SQF) and British Retail Consortium (BRC). Certification to these global standards help companies throughout the food supply chain make important regulatory and quality decisions that lead to continual improvement of their food safety management systems. He also is a certified Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) and SQF trainer. Prior to joining NSF International, Bail served in leadership food safety roles for companies including Domino’s Pizza and Kraft Foods.

“At Whole Foods Market, we seek out organizations who share our core values – our commitment to quality, ethical sourcing and environmental stewardship – as well as our desire to innovate and provide the best quality and value for our shoppers,” said Jim Speirs, Global Vice President of Procurement, Non-Perishables. “The organizations, including NSF International, we’re honoring represent the very best in our industry.”

“I am honored to receive the special recognition supplier award from Whole Foods Market,” said Bail. “We have worked with Whole Foods for several years on a variety of internal program development projects focused on product safety, ethical sourcing and the humane treatment of animals as well as internal operational standards. The Whole Foods Market staff is first rate, and I admire their strength and commitment to their mission and core values.”

For more information about NSF International’s food safety programs, visit NSF International’s website or contact Dan Fone at or (+1) 734-214-6241.

Editor's note: To schedule an interview with an NSF International representative, contact NSF Senior Communications Manager Greta Houlahan at or +1 734-913-5723.

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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 ( Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF International has been collaborating with the World Health Organization since 1997 in water quality and safety, food safety and indoor environments.

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. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification (SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., FSSC, IFS, CanadaGAP, PrimusGFS), plus expert auditing, consulting and technical services, HACCP validation and inspection, and organic and gluten-free certification through QAI (Quality Assurance International). NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages.

Additional NSF International services include management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR); environmental and sustainability claims verification services through NSF Sustainability, and training and education programs through NSF Training and Education.