FMI honors Publix for innovative food safety
Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix received the inaugural Food Safety Innovation Award from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the International Food Protection Training Institute. The award recognizes companies or organizations that have made an innovative contribution or commitment to food safety, and encourages others in the industry, government and academia to search for creative solutions and implement new practices that keep food safe.
Publix was recognized specifically for its food safety training programs. Tens of thousands of associates and managers are trained and certified in food safety. In addition, Publix has implemented food safety training programs for its industrial operations and supplier community.
“Food safety is a top priority for Publix, and we have taken a leadership role in food safety training,” said Publix Director of Corporate Quality Assurance Michael Roberson. “Food safety is a shared responsibility, and each associate must make a personal commitment to maintain all aspects of food safety to protect our customers and offer safe, high-quality food each and every day.”
Publix has received awards and recognition for its food safety practices, including the prestigious Black Pearl Award for Corporate Excellence in Food Safety and Quality in 2013 from the International Association for Food Protection.