The Food Marketing Institute established a new resource for food safety information initiatives and programs, and dubbed it The Center of Excellence for Food Safety and Protection.

FMI launches center for food safety

The center aims to address all aspects of food safety and protection as they apply to FMI member companies, according to a news release. Jill Hollingsworth, former group vice president of food safety programs for FMI, has been promoted to senior vice president, and is leading the center.

Before joining FMI, Hollingsworth was with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 15 years and was responsible for outbreak investigations, recalls and public health policy, according to the release. She was also a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and worked as part of the Biomedical Service Corps, specializing in food defense and biological warfare.

Rhett Asher, vice president of industry relations, will also serve in the center, which will report to FMI’s board-level food safety committee.

“Food safety is a priority for retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers,” said Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer, in the release. “The center will serve as a resource to consolidate our knowledge of food safety and strengthen our commitment to ensuring that the food we sell is as safe as possible.”

The center’s goal is to develop prevention programs, enhance public and private partnerships, strengthen collaborations, improve crisis management and create stronger response and recovery plans, according to the release. Its website is in development.