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ANN ARBOR, MICH. – NSF, a global public health and safety organization, announced Joe Corby, Senior Advisor to the Association of Food & Drug Officials, as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Food Safety Leadership Award at the 2019 Food Safety Summit.
Each year, NSF’s Food Safety Leadership Award recognizes individuals and organizations for real and lasting improvements in food safety. Nominations are evaluated by the Food Safety Summit Educational Advisory Board (EAB), which is a volunteer group made up of industry leaders representing manufacturing, foodservice, regulatory, academia, retail and distribution. Award winners are then selected by NSF.
This year’s Food Safety Leadership Award for Innovation and Achievement recognizes Joe Corby for his lifelong dedication to advancing food safety. “During his 47-year career in food safety regulation, Joe made significant contributions to the food industry by his willingness to reach across the aisle and collaborate with industry, academia and consumer groups,” said Kevan P. Lawlor, President and Chief Executive Officer of NSF. “He has been an outspoken advocate for the advancement of a nationally integrated food safety system and continues to work with numerous groups and associations in support of this cause.”
Corby began his career at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, where he worked for 37 years. There, he served as the Director of the Division of Food Safety and Inspection before leaving in 2008. He then served as the Executive Director for the Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO) before retiring in 2018. He is a past recipient of the Harvey W. Wiley Award, AFDO’s most prestigious award that honors members for their exceptional service in the enforcement of food and drug law.
He currently is a Senior Advisor for AFDO, and serves on the Education Advisory Board for the Food Safety Summit and on the Board of Directors for the International Food Protection Training Institute and the Partnership for Food Safety Education.
Corby is an instructor for the International Food Protection Training Institute, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and the University of Tennessee. “Through the years, Joe has mentored and taught hundreds of food safety professionals. His example is sure to make a lasting impact on the future of food safety,” Lawlor adds.
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In 2019, NSF is celebrating 75 years of protecting and improving human health. The independent, global organization facilitates standards development, and tests, audits and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences, sustainability and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. With operations in more than 175 countries, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.