The private sector, or industry, has always been an important segment of our profession, especially in retail food. NEHA has always had members that have worked within the private sector. These members recognized the need to work together with professionals from the regulatory sector toward the common goal of protecting the public's health and the environment.
In the late 1970s, an Industry Advisory Committee was formed to explore the possibility of forming an Industry Affiliate as part of NEHA. The Industry Affiliate received its charter in 1985 in the belief that the affiliate status would encourage involvement and leadership from industry. Initially the Industry Affiliate was quite successful and shared many programs with the regulatory members of NEHA.
One of the highlights of the NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition was the Industry Affiliate’s special night out and dinner.
The Industry Affiliate lapel pin was one of the largest of all the affiliate pins, which made it the most sought after by AEC participants.