The NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards Program
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Award recipients will be selected from the following nomination categories:
- Education – providing the foundation for understanding food safety,
its principles, concepts, etc. within a public education institution or employee
educational campaign. Nominations for academics who have had a significant
impact on food safety education are also accepted in this category. (Ex: Brenda
H. Halbrook, Food Safety Education for Child Nutrition Programs).
- Equipment Design – inventive design and development of equipment in
food safety. (Ex: Intralox FoodSafe Solutions).
- Packaging Innovation – creation or advances in safe food packaging. (Ex: Aseptic
- Product Development – product innovation and development to improve food safety.
(Ex: RapidKool® Cold Paddle).
- Research Advances – further study, analysis and investigation for improved food
safety. (Ex: Impact of noroviruses on food safety).
- System Improvement – the addition or upgrade of a process or program that
improves food safety. (Ex: David F. Ludwig, System for Bare Hand Contact
- Technology Breakthroughs – overcoming and furthering the advancement in the
science of food safety. (Ex: National Pasteurized Eggs, Inc., Pasteurized Shell Eggs to
prevent Salmonella Illness).
- Training – an educational activity that focuses on learning job related knowledge and
activities and builds upon educational aspects. (Ex: Publix Food Safety Training).
- Trendsetter Award – honors outstanding leadership, dramatic accomplishments and
continued encouragement of first year programs. (Ex: International Food Protection
- Lifetime Achievement Award – recognizes leaders within the food safety industry, including agriculture, processing, manufacturing, food distribution and storage, foodservice and food retail, who have made significant contributions to advancing food safety (Ex: Nancy Donley, Consumer Advocacy Food Safety; Dr. Jill Hollingsworth, Industry and Association Food Safety; and Dr. Donald J. Sharp, Public Health Food Safety).
Anyone unsure of their appropriate category can elect to have the Food Safety
Leadership Jury Selection Committee decide the nomination category.
Criteria & Guidelines
The summary and supporting documentation is your chance to sell the contribution
and discuss its reach, effectiveness, impact and any other considerations of the
- Nominators are the point of contact during the submission and selection process and
are responsible for ensuring that all requirements are met.
- Individuals and companies may submit multiple nominations provided they are for
- No more than one category should be selected per nomination.
- International nominations are welcome.
- Short-term and long-term food safety contributions are acceptable.
- Self-nominations are acceptable.
- Nomination information should be applicable to the selected category.
- More than one award winner in any category is possible.
- There is no entry fee.
Selection Process and Scoring
NSF will present all nominations to the Selection Committee for review. The Selection
Committee will review submissions to determine award recipients in each nomination
category based on a scoring system.
Each nominee will be given a score based on the following criteria:
- Scope (Outline objective, details and goal) – 20 points
- Area of program (Is this a local or national initiative?) – 5 points
(may be used in a tie-break)
- Result (What were/are the results of the contribution?) – 20 points
- Impact (What areas were affected by this change?) – 20 points
- Effectiveness (How well did the contribution work?) – 20 points
- Follow Up or Next Steps for the Project (What is your re-evaluation timeline to measure improvement or re-visit effectiveness?) – 15 points(may be used in a tie-break)
Total points possible – 100 points
All submissions are required to provide a minimum of the following in order to be considered for an award. Nominations missing any requirements will not be considered.
- A complete NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards Nomination Form
- Two professional letters of recommendation
- Bio or resume of the nominee (If a group is submitting, please include a short bio on all members of the team and their contributions.)
- 500-word summary of the contribution, answering:
- Scope (Outline objective, details and goal)
- Area of program (Is this a local or national initiative?)
- Result (What were/are the results of the contribution?)
- Impact (What areas were affected by this change?)
- Effectiveness (How well did the contribution work?)
- Follow-up or Next Steps for the Project (What is your re-evaluation timeline
to measure improvement or re-visit effectiveness?)
- Necessary supporting documentation of the contribution, such as research,
marketing collateral, charts, graphs, photos, etc. Maximum 10 additional pages.
- Submit the above requirements (1-5) in the following acceptable formats:
- One complete printed set of materials, including supporting materials. All
paper documents must be double sided, non-stapled and page numbered.
- Table of Contents is recommended.
- If supplying a CD or DVD (must be PC compatible, no MAC files), all information
included must be relevant to the nomination (such as a video, music, etc.).
For any questions regarding submission formats, please contact Mary Ellen Krueger
at +1-734-214-6264 or email email@example.com.
Deadline for Submission
The nomination deadline for the 2013 awards program is February 28, 2013. NSF International must receive your nomination package by this date for your entry to be valid.
NSF has invited food safety industry leaders and experts, with a wide array of backgrounds to serve on a voluntary Selection Committee. Past and/or present jurors
include representatives from:
- American Frozen Food Institute
- Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
- The Handwashing for Life Institute®
- Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
- International Association for Food Protection (IAFP)
- International Food Safety Council (IFSC)
- International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association
- Jack in the Box, Inc.
- National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF)
- Michigan State University
- Oregon Department of Agriculture
- The Partnership for Food Safety Education
- Rhode Island Department of Health
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- Texas A&M University
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
These individuals are invited based on their unique background, experience, leadership
and advocacy to food safety.
2013 Food Safety Leadership Awards
Since our founding in 1944, NSF International has collaborated with educators, regulators, and industries on food safety and other important public health issues. As part of its ongoing commitment to developing comprehensive food safety programs, NSF International continues to be uniquely positioned through its businesses to present a program designed to recognize exemplary leadership in food safety.
The NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards Program provides recognition to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding food safety leadership in the food safety industry. Since its creation in 2004, the NSF Food Safety Leadership Award has become a coveted achievement for many in the industry.
Winners will be honored with an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the 2013 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD. Each winner will receive a specially designed award that represents the recipientís commitment to help consumers Live Safer®.