Jorge Hernandez is the Vice President of Quality Assurance for the Wendy’s Company. As such, he is responsible for the design, implementation and leadership of the Food Safety and Quality Assurance Programs that impact suppliers, distribution centers and restaurants and, accordingly, directly responsible for the food safety, quality-brand protection at Wendy’s.
Previously, Jorge was the Chief Food Safety Officer at Wholesome International, a restaurant company with concepts and brands in the quick and fast casual foodservice markets in the US; the Senior Vice President for Food Safety and Quality Assurance at US FOODS, the second largest Distributor in the US; the Vice President of Food Safety and Risk Management at the National Restaurant Association; the Food Program Manager at the Illinois Department of Public Health and a Senior Sanitarian at the Winnebago County Health Department in Illinois.
Jorge has Degrees in Biology from Rockford University, Microbiology from the Centro de Estudios Medico-Biologicos in Mexico City Mexico and Languages and Literature from la Universite de la Sorbonne, Paris, France.
Mr. Hernandez has published a large number of articles including "The Myth of the Magic Bullet" for Food Management (1988); “Sanitation Standards and how to apply them” for National Frozen Dessert Retailer (2003); “Food Distribution: Maintaining the Cold Chain” for Food Safety Magazine (2005); “Caught in the Middle” for Meatinplace (2010); “Driving the Chain of Custody” for QA Magazine (2010); and many more.
He belongs to several national and international organizations and boards such as the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a global industry network of QA professionals, based in Paris, France with a vision of “Safe food for consumers, everywhere”; STOP Foodborne Illness, an organization of people who have been seriously impacted by foodborne illnesses; The International Food Protection Institute (IFPTI), STOP the United States ANSI Accreditation Committee, QA Magazine, the Food Safety Summit and the Food Safety Consortium.