WASHINGTON, DC–Dale Morton, previously Senior Director of Global Food Safety for PepsiCo, Inc., will receive the 2016 Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Food Safety Award at the International Association for Food Protection’s Annual Meeting this August.
“Through his considerable work and accomplishments in the field of food safety, Dale Morton has made a tremendous contribution to enhancing the safety of our food supply,” said Dr. Leon Bruner, GMA’s Chief Science Officer. “Not only did he oversee food safety for the second largest food and beverage manufacturer in the world, but he also strove to advance food safety for our industry as a whole by sharing his extensive experience and expertise with all stakeholders.”
The GMA Food Safety Award honors those individuals or organizations who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to improving the safety of food. The recipient of this award must possess at least 10 years of service in the food safety arena and have successfully demonstrated sustained contributions in research, education and information transfer. In addition, the recipient must display innovative and effective strategies to promote a safer food supply while solving significant food safety problems.
Before his retirement, Morton successfully developed and managed programs designed to ensure food safety for all products produced globally for PepsiCo. Morton was instrumental in creating the Executive Product Integrity Council, comprised of PepsiCo cross-functional leaders dedicated to promoting product integrity and a food safety culture. He was the leader of the PepsiCo Food Safety Forum and developed standard and measurable food safety programs at all PepsiCo manufacturing facilities across the globe.
Morton successfully laid a foundation which has benefited the food and beverage industry as a whole, through partnerships, presentations and best practice sharing. He has continuously sought to educate others and share lessons learned. Morton is a recognized process authority and in this role has developed qualification criteria for many thermal process and aseptic technologies.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) represents the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies. The association promotes sound public policy, champions initiatives that increase productivity and growth and helps to protect the safety and security of the food supply through scientific excellence. The GMA board of directors is comprised of chief executive officers from the association’s member companies. The $2.1 trillion food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry employs 14 million workers, and contributes over $1 trillion in added value to the nation’s economy. For more information, visit the GMA Web site at www.gmaonline.org.