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October 13, 2022

Washington, D.C. – The National Restaurant Association recently presented the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Leader in Food Safety and 2022 Outstanding Leader in Food Safety during the Association’s Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) Expert Exchange Sept.

Food safety is a vital focus of the foodservice industry and depends on the knowledge and dedication of leaders at all levels. The Outstanding Food Safety Awards, sponsored by Ecolab, were created to recognize individuals whose careers reflect consumer safety across the industry. This year, Dr. Al Baroudi, MS, Ph.D., CFS, Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, and Christina Serino, Senior Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety at P.F. Chang’s, were selected for recognition.

The first Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Leader in Food Safety was presented to Baroudi in recognition of his contributions to the food safety industry. Throughout his career, he has been a leader in operational food safety innovation, with a dedication to mentoring and developing workforces across the industry and has offered his thought leadership in organizations that define food safety in industry, academia and government. .

Baroudi is founder and president of the Food Safety Institute International (FSI), has held various food safety leadership positions in the food service industry and has lectured around the world. Baroudi regularly trains food safety auditors and inspectors for the US Department of Agriculture, the US Food and Drug Administration and many state and local health agencies.