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NSF‐GFTC announces 2016 Canada Food Safety Recognition Award winners

NSF-GFTC shares success stories with winners of its 2016 Food Safety Recognition Awards.


February 29, 2016
by Canadian Packaging staff

GUELPH, ON—The NSF‐GFTC, part of NSF International’s Global Food Division, has announced the winners of its 2016 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, Ont.

The awards program was established by the NSF‐GFTC to recognize Canadian food and beverage companies, and individuals, who help 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 are:

  • Food Safety Leadership Award – Tom Graham, Director, National Inspection Division, Operations Policy & Systems Directorate, Operations Branch, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa
Tom Graham2

Tom Graham

  • Food Safety Excellence AwardMalabar Super Spice, Burlington, Ont.
(L-R): Malabar Super Spice's Brenda Mizzan, president Doris Valade and Alana Kolby.

(L-R): Malabar Super Spice’s Brenda Mizzan, president Doris Valade and Alana Kolby.

  • Allied Trades Food Safety AwardAbell Pest Control, Canada‐wide
L-R: Abell Pest Control's Tim Coleman, Mike Heimbach and Steve Graff.

L-R: Abell Pest Control’s Tim Coleman, Mike Heimbach and Steve Graff.

The finalists (runners up) in the awards are:

  • Food Safety Excellence AwardE.D. Smith, Winona, Ont.
L-R: E.D. Smith's Theresa Upshall, Wayne Yardley (Director of Operations), Salvador Aviles and Steve Brannen.

L-R: E.D. Smith’s Theresa Upshall, director of operations Wayne Yardley, Salvador Aviles and Steve Brannen.

  • Allied Trades Food Safety AwardHolland Marsh Growers’ Association, Bradford, Ont.
L-R: Holland Marsh Grower’s Association - Bridget Visser and executive director Jody Mott.

L-R: Holland Marsh Grower’s Association – Bridget Visser and executive director Jody Mott.

“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,” says NSF-GFTC  managing director of consulting and technical services Paul Medeiros.

To learn more about the awards criteria and view previous winners, visit NSF‐GFTC’s website at – click HERE

About NSF‐GFTC
NSF‐GFTC provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, including agriculture, animal feed, produce, processing, distribution, dairy, seafood, quality management software, retail and foodservices. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification (SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., IFS, FSSC 22000, BAP and CanadaGAP), foodservice equipment and non‐food compound certification, HACCP validation and inspection, label claims verification and certification, DNA and food package testing, product and process development, and organic food certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI). It also provide expert auditing, consulting and training.

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, non‐food compounds and bottled water/beverages.






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