ARLINGTON, Va. The Food Marketing Institute announced Wednesday the creation of the Center of Excellence for Food Safety and Protection, uniting food safety experts and professionals from government relations, asset protection, food defense, supply chain management, health and wellness, sustainability and industry relations to address all aspects of food safety.
The center — which will serve as a comprehensive resource for food safety and protection information, initiatives and programs to support FMI members, the food and consumer products industry and consumers — will be lead by Jill Hollingsworth, who also was promoted to SVP. Prior to this position, Hollingsworth served as group VP food safety programs for FMI.
FMI also added that a new, interactive website for the center currently is in development and will serve as a subject-matter repository with easy access to information related to food safety and protection.
“Food safety is a priority for retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers. The Center of Excellence for Food Safety and Protection will create a valuable benefit for members as they address all aspects of food safety and protection within their companies,” said FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin. “The center will serve as a resource to consolidate our knowledge of food safety and strengthen our commitment to ensuring that the food we sell is as safe as possible.”