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    NSF, Paragon Partner to Develop Future Food Industry Leaders

    NSF International, a nonprofit public health and safety organization, and Paragon Leadership International, a Michigan-based leadership development firm, have teamed up to launch a new series of food safety leadership forums called the Food Epprentice Experience.

    NSF International, a nonprofit public health and safety organization, and Paragon Leadership International, a Michigan-based leadership development firm, have teamed up to launch a new series of food safety leadership forums called the Food Epprentice Experience.

    Paragon Leadership created the Food Epprentice Experience to further develop the talents and social contribution of the state’s best and brightest future food industry leaders. Participants will collaborate to create sustainable, innovative solutions to critical challenges such as increasing public knowledge of safe food-handling procedures; expanding agriculture as an economic driver in Michigan; increasing the supply of locally produced, nutritious food to Michigan food banks; and creating workplace strategies to reduce childhood obesity.

    The first one-day forum will take place on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at NSF international headquarters in Ann Arbor.

    “We see a lot of opportunities for growth in Michigan’s second-largest industry -- food & agriculture,” said Kristen Holt, SVP, NSF food safety & quality programs. “This initiative will bring together Michigan’s next generation of food industry leaders to discuss and develop solutions that will boost the safety of our food supply and foster economic growth.”

    Businesses are encouraged to select emerging leaders within their organizations and encourage them to register at: http://www.paragon-lead.com/food/. Additional Food Epprentice partners include the Michigan Farm Bureau, the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the Michigan Nutrition Network.

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