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IAFP Names Prestigious Black Pearl Award Recipient

IAFP Names Prestigious Black Pearl Award Recipient

Des Moines, Iowa, June 1, 2004 - The International Association for Food Protection announces Jack in the Box Inc. as the recipient of the Black Pearl Award. The Black Pearl Award is given annually to a 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 the Association. The award is sponsored by Wilbur Feagan and F & H Food Equipment Company and will be presented at IAFP 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jack in the Box Inc. operates and franchises Jack in the Box and Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants in 32 states. They are the nation’s first major drive-thru hamburger chain, with more than 1,950 restaurants. Headquartered in San Diego, Jack in the Box Inc. has more than 45,000 employees.

In 1993, Jack in the Box Inc. developed and implemented a food safety system that is considered by industry and consumer groups and government agencies to be the gold standard for fast food and other foodservice companies across the country. Utilizing a HACCP approach, they have implemented a production-to-consumption food safety system.

The concept and practice of food safety is one of their core values. Collaboratively, they have implemented practices that can be applied to many different food categories. Jack in the Box remains committed to developing interventions and solutions to combat pathogens like E. coli O157:H7, Listeria and Salmonella, and encourages industry peers to do the same. They also manage a beef raw material suppler certification program to better ensure the compliance of finished product to strict standards.

As an example of their belief that food safety knowledge serves everyone, they freely share food safety programs, forms, supplier criteria, microbiology testing protocols, and distribution systems. They believe that their achievements have benefited not only their company, but also the industry in general.

“I have a long personal history with Jack in the Box and have first hand observed their relentless commitment and success in food safety and quality excellence,” said Michael C. Robach, Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Cargill, Inc. Wayzata, Minnesota.

The International Association for Food Protection is a non-profit educational association of food protection professionals. The Association is dedicated to the education and service of its Members, specifically, as well as industry personnel. The Association provides Members with an information network and forum for professional improvement through its two scientific journals, Journal of Food Protection and Food Protection Trends, educational Annual Meeting, and interaction with other food safety professionals. Membership information can be obtained by calling 800.369.6337, 515.276.3344, by fax at 515.276.8655, and by E-mail at; or visit our Web site at