Food buyers and sellers increasingly rely on accredited third-party certification to help ensure that the products they sell to consumers are safe. The future of Accredited third-party certification is dependent on a core of well-trained auditors. Auditors at this level of sophistication require combination of auditing skills, food industry experience and a food science or related degree. In North America, there is a shortage of well-trained auditors.
The critical issue for accredited third-party auditing in North America is to source the next generation of well-trained auditors. The FMI Foundation funding provides a way to help fill that gap. The new program will provide audit training and financial incentives to college undergraduate and graduate level food science majors.
This new foundation program will offer scholarships to deserving food agriculture science majors.
The FMI Foundation has awarded a one-year, $3,000 academic grant to 10 food and animal science majors for their academic pursuits to improve food safety and protect public health.
The winners are:
John Fox, Iowa State University
Jabari Hawkins, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Raghavendra Kakarala, Oklahoma State
Lisa Lafountain, North Carolina State University
Robson Machado, Pennsylvania State University
Katelyn Ortega, Texas Tech University
Abigail Snyder, Cornell University
Weber Stibolt, University of Delaware
Amanda Wilder, Kansas State University
Praveen Yerramsetti, Oklahoma State