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The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has appointed Thomas Osborne to be senior technical director of the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of the Arlington, Va.-based trade organization. In his new role, Osborne will direct the technical aspects of the institute, including the food safety standards, guidelines, training materials and audit and certification protocols.
“Tom’s skill in developing and managing quality, food safety and regulatory compliance programs will greatly enhance the SQF Program,” said SQFI SVP Bob Garfield. “His high-caliber experience will support FMI’s strong commitment to the SQF Program and its continuing growth.”
With 18 years of industry food safety experience under his belt, Osborne was most recently director of quality assurance, food safety, regulatory affairs and laboratories at Oakwood, Ga.-based Wayne Farms LLC. Before that, he held a variety of quality assurance and food safety positions during a nine-year at Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc.
SQFI provides a global food safety and quality certification program and management system.