GUELPH, Ontario and ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF-GFTC, part of NSF International’s Global Food Division, today announced the winners of its 2016 Canada Food Safety Recognition Awards. The awards were presented at the Canadian Food Safety Forum, which was hosted by NSF-GFTC at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario.

NSF-GFTC established the awards program to recognize Canadian food and beverage companies, and individuals, who are helping to advance food safety and quality. The submissions were diverse, country-wide and represented various areas within the food industry. To select the winners in each of the three categories, NSF GFTC assembled a diverse group of food and beverage industry leaders.

Winners of the 2016 NSF GFTC Canada Food Safety Recognition Awards

Food Safety Leadership Award
Tom Graham, Director, National Inspection Division, Operations Policy & Systems Directorate, Operations Branch, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa, Ontario

Food Safety Excellence Award
Malabar Super Spice , Burlington, Ontario

Allied Trades Food Safety Award
Abell Pest Control, Canada-wide

The Finalists (Runners-Up) in the Awards

Food Safety Excellence Award
E.D. Smith, Winona, Ontario

Allied Trades Food Safety Award
Holland Marsh Growers’ Association, Bradford, Ontario

“There are many food safety success stories in Canada and our awards are a mechanism to share and celebrate those successes. The safety and quality of the global food supply is important. This is why NSF International recognizes these leaders and companies who are in the forefront of innovation and continuous improvement, excellent food safety performance, and for embracing a food safety culture,” said Paul Medeiros, Managing Director, Consulting and Technical Services at NSF-GFTC.

To learn more about the awards criteria and view previous winners, please visit NSF-GFTC's website.

For more information, and for photos of this year’s winners, please contact Lise Smedmor at lsmedmor@nsf.org or 519-821-1246, ext. 5024.

About NSF International: 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, BAP and CanadaGAP), plus expert auditing, consulting and technical services, HACCP validation and inspection, organic food certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI), and specialty food verification and certification (including Non-GMO Project and gluten-free). NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages.

About NSF-GFTC: The NSF International’s NSF-GFTC (formerly Guelph Food Technology Centre), provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, including agriculture, animal welfare, produce, processing, distribution, dairy, seafood, quality management software, retail and restaurants. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification (SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., IFS, FSSC 22000, BAP and CanadaGAP), HACCP validation and inspection, label claims verification and certification (including GMO transparency, gluten-free, honey traceability and kosher), and organic food certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI). We also offer expert auditing, consulting, technical services and DNA testing. NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages.

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

If you’d like to set up an interview with a food safety expert, contact:
USA:
Liz Nowland-Margolis, NSF International
Phone: 734-827-6850
Email: media@nsf.org