2023 SOFHT Awards See Double Win for NSF

NSF, the world’s leading public health and safety organisation, was celebrated at the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) Awards, with Senior Food Supply Chain Auditor Leon Ford taking home “Best Auditor” and Food Service and Hospitality Audit Manager Dominika Sawicka-Harris winning the “Rising Star” award.

Roger Mann, Managing Director EMEA Food Division at NSF, praised the achievements, saying: “We are immensely proud of Leon and Dominika for their well-deserved victories at the 2023 SOFTH Awards. Their dedication to excellence mirrors NSF’s commitment to safeguarding public health through rigorous standards and continuous improvement.”

The SOFHT Awards, which have been running for 19 years, recognise the innovation, dedication and significant contributions of individuals, products and companies to the British food industry. Leon was recognised for his commitment to upholding the highest standards in food safety and hygiene, while Dominika’s award demonstrated her outstanding contributions and promising future.

Chris Turner, Chair of the SOFHT judging panel, said of Leon: “Auditing provides vital assurances of the highest operating standards within the food supply chain. The Best Auditor category highlights the auditor from any discipline who has demonstrated continued excellence in their field of operation in terms of knowledge, objectivity and pragmatism, as well as ongoing performance. This year, the judges found the quality of entries very high and auditing against BRCGS across various categories, and his input on the draft guidance for BRCGS Storage & Distribution Auditing Techniques led the judges to recognise Leon as the winner in this category.”

On Dominika’s win, Chris said: “This Rising Star Award, a person that has demonstrated commitment, enthusiasm and potential for the future. The standard and quality of these rising stars were incredible again this year, and the client testimonials from a number of major companies in the food industry were outstanding and convinced the judges to recognise Dominika as a rising star in the industry.”

NSF’s recognition at the SOFHT Awards reflects the organisation’s commitment to protecting human and planet health, setting a benchmark for excellence in the industry.

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