Food buyers and sellers increasingly rely on accredited third-party certification to help ensure products they sell to consumers are safe. The future of accredited third-party certification is dependent on a core of well-trained auditors that have 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.
In collaboration with the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute, we award scholarships to 10 university food and agricultural science students annually. Each recipient receives a $3,000 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to the SQF Conference to network with more than 750 food safety professionals in attendance.
The FMI Foundation sponsors grants annually in the areas of food safety, nutrition, and health. Examples of some of the recipients are the Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Consumer Food Safety Education Conference; International Food Protection Institute’s Applied Science, Law, and Policy Fellowship; Institute for Food Technologists’ Global Food Traceability Center; and the Center for Produce Safety.
Please note that the deadline for unsolicited grant applications for the following year is the first Friday in September