3-A Sanitary Standards Inc. (3-A SSI), McLean, Va., announced the recipients of its 2021 Volunteer Service Awards and the release of its latest annual progress report at the 3-A SSI Annual Meeting. The meeting was held in a virtual format on May 19. 

The 3-A SSI Volunteer Service Awards recognize the extraordinary dedication and commitment of individuals who contribute to the development of voluntary standards and the mission of 3-A SSI. Nominations for the awards are made by fellow volunteers from the three stakeholder groups in 3-A SSI: regulatory sanitarians, fabricators and processors — and others, 3-A SSI said.

3-A SSI Chair Chris Hylkema (New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets) announced three award recipients for 2021: 

  • Craig Reinhart (Reinhart Consulting LLC) received the Leadership Service Award for outstanding service to the voluntary standards development of 3-A SSI and significant contributions to the mission of 3-A SSI.
  • Rick Heiman (Dairy Farmers of America) received the Richard K. Smith 3-A SSI Advancement Award for outstanding accomplishments performed by any individual or group on behalf of 3-A SSI.
  • Scott Lodermeier (Powder Process Solutions LLC) received the Next Generation Award for leadership, dedication and significant contributions to the development of 3-A Sanitary Standards or 3-A Accepted Practices by a volunteer who has been engaged in 3-A SSI standards development activities for less than five years.

Highlights of 3-A SSI programs in the latest year are now available in the 2021 annual report. The complete report is available at www.3-a.org under “News, Events & Updates,” 3-A SSI noted, or by visiting https://www.3-a.org/News-Events-Updates/Annual-Reports. Print copies are available upon request.