LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets here was selected to receive the 2013 Black Pearl Award from the International Association for Food Protection.

The award, sponsored by Wilbur Feagan and F & H Food Equipment Co., is given annually to one company for its efforts in advancing food safety and quality through consumer programs, employee relations, educational activities, adherence to standards, and support of the goals and objectives of IAFP, which is based in Des Moines, Iowa.

It is scheduled to be presented at IAFP’s annual meeting in Charlotte in July.

“At Publix, we’ve worked hard for more than 80 years to earn our customers’ trust,” said Todd Jones, president. “These great people — whom we consider part of the Publix family — trust us to provide quality products, a convenient, clean and pleasant shopping environment, premiere service and so much more.


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“Our associates know that food safety isn’t just one department’s or one person’s responsibility. It takes each associate being knowledgeable and aware of food safety and sanitation procedures to maintain safe, high-quality food for our customers.”

Other supermarket companies that have won the award include Kroger Co., Schnuck Markets, Wegmans Food Markets, Albertsons and H-E-B.

IAFP is a non-profit educational association of food protection professionals. It publishes two scientific journals: Journal of Food Protection, and Food Protection Trends.

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