Ross Jabaay, Burke’s senior director of food safety & quality, is now ASQ-certified HACCP auditor

NEVADA, Iowa -Burke Corporation today announced that Ross W. Jabaay, senior director of food safety & quality, has been named an ASQ-Certified Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Auditor.  Jabaay received the certification from the American Society for Quality (ASQ), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis.  Requirements for the ASQ designation include satisfactory completion of the Certified HACCP Auditor (CHA) exam.

“Burke Corporation is extremely proud of this very significant achievement by Ross Jabaay,” said John Olson, Burke Corporation vice president, technical services. “Throughout his six years of service to Burke, Ross has always displayed an exceptional level of commitment to quality in each of our production processes.  Ross’ work here has been instrumental in developing Burke’s national reputation for excellence in each one of our brands.”

The certification means that Jabaay has reached a significant level of comprehension and proficiency in the auditing tools and techniques supporting an HACCP system.   Individuals who earn this certification are allowed to use “ASQ CHA” on their business cards and professional correspondence.

Mike Nichols, president, American Society for Quality said, “ASQ certification provides formal recognition to professionals who have demonstrated an understanding of, and a commitment to, quality techniques and practices in their job and career. This is a great accomplishment, and it represents a high level of peer recognition.”

The world’s leading authority on quality for more than 60 years, ASQ offers technologies, concepts, tools and training to quality professionals, quality practitioners and everyday consumers. The methodologies applied in a hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) program represent highly specialized quality management system tools and techniques, which are designed to ensure farm-to-table food safety around the world.

ASQ has been the sole administrator of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award since 1991. To learn more about ASQ’s Certified HACCP Auditor program, visit  

Burke Corporation is an industry leader in fully cooked ethnic and specialty meats for foodservice, industrial and retail markets, with products under five brands: Premoro® Italian meats, Tezzata® Mexican meats, MagniFoods® specialty meats, NaturaSelectä natural meats and Burke retail meats, as well as customized private label products. For additional information, visit .

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