NSF International announced the first call for nominations for the 2010 Food Safety Leadership Awards (FSLA) Program. Celebrating its seventh year, the FSLA program recognizes individuals and companies that have demonstrated excellence in the foodservice industry.

Winners are recognized in one of eight awards categories: education, training, equipment design, packaging innovation, product development, research advances, system improvement, and technology breakthroughs. One individual is also recognized with a lifetime achievement award for their significant contributions to advancing food safety. The program guidelines are available on NSF’s Web site.

Foodservice operators, manufacturers, researchers, and members of academia are encouraged to submit nominations.

The 2010 FSLA award recipients will be announced at the Food Safety Summit on April 14, 2010, in the morning prior to the keynote speech at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. This will be the third year the awards are presented at the Food Safety Summit, the largest and most established food safety and defense exposition in North America on food safety, quality assurance, and food security.

Nominations will be evaluated based on creativity, innovation, design, contribution to the advancement of food safety, and overall quality of contributions made by an independent panel of food safety experts.

Nominations, which can be submitted online or through mail, must be received by January 29, 2010