ARLINGTON, VA – The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) and the FMI Foundation recognized individuals from the global food safety and quality communities who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership within the food safety profession at the SQF Global Conference, a unique virtual, interactive event spanning two hemispheres and uniting the worldwide food safety community.

SQF Quality Achievement Awards

For nearly a decade, SQFI has honored individuals from the SQF community who are recognized by their peers for their outstanding performance and their commitment to and support of the SQF program.

“This year’s Quality Achievement Awards recognized industry leaders that demonstrated their ability to elevate global food safety standards, while advancing a culture of collaboration, mentorship and integrity within their profession and teams, said Gigi Vita, chief food safety assessment officer and senior vice president of SQF. “The food industry is rapidly evolving, and the leadership of auditors and practitioners are heavily relied upon by retailers and consumers alike to build trust in the food supply chain.”

The recipients of the 2020 Quality Achievement Awards are:

SQF Auditor of the Year

Kris Middleton, Bureau Veritas Certification

Middleton is noted as having a tremendous amount of integrity and amazing people skills. He is very active in semi-annual Certification body meetings and regularly provides feedback to the SQFI Compliance Committee. Middleton is a tough, but fair auditor and leader who keeps an open mind and encourages people to speak their thoughts.

SQF Practitioner of the Year

Shari Yeatts, Hickman’s Eggs 

Yeatts is a capable SQF practitioner who not only helps expand the company through various projects and initiatives, but also acts as a leader and mentor to her colleagues and community. Yeatts maintains an open-door policy, holds inclusive management meetings, covers a multitude of subjects, and is an active communicator and listener.

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