2015 HACCP Conference Award Winners Announced

November 19, 2015

SAI Global recognises safety leaders in the food industry.

As part of its annual three-day conference, HACCP recognised the best in food safety at its 2015 awards ceremony held in Sydney.

Presented by SAI Global, these awards provide the food industry with a vehicle to recognise and reward the achievements of those who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of Australia's food supply. 

Paul Butcher, Chief Commercial Officer, SAI Global, said: 

 

Food Safety needs to be embedded within the culture of an organisation and is often driven by dedicated food safety professionals. The HACCP Conference Awards are an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the important work which happens daily to ensure the safety of our food supply.

Food safety experts were awarded across two categories with the winners chosen by a panel of Australia's top industry-recognised food experts, and for the first time ever, their peers. 

The Food Safety Training Scholarship Award to help support young talent was hotly contested between Ahmad Faizi, Sarah Downs and Thomas Parker, with Thomas, 28, taking out the honour. 

With this award, Thomas will be the first person enrolled in the SAI Global 10140NAT Diploma of Food Safety Quality Assurance Management. This new qualification, also launched by SAI Global at the HACCP conference, is the only nationally recognised qualification specifically for food safety professionals. 

Paul Butcher, Chief Commercial Officer, SAI Global, said: 

 

At SAI Global, we want to continue to promote and nurture highly skilled industry professionals and our aim with this qualification is to help create clear paths for career development in younger food industry professionals.

Thomas Parker said: “I hope this will propel me on my career as my goal is to become a quality manager at a small beverage manufacturing plant and embed a knowledge of quality systems. What I love most about my job is identifying quality issues and progressing these issues.”

The prestigious Ross Peters Award, recognising excellence in food safety for the third year, was presented to Linda Ralph, Technical Manager at The Cordina Food Company. Damien Alexander and Leah Williamson were also finalists for demonstrating a strong passion for improving food safety in Australia and New Zealand.

Linda Ralph said: “I'm very fortunate to work in a purpose built high care facility and work with a great team to implement a food safety culture, so I think that's very exciting and this is the recognition for the whole team. 

What I most enjoy about this work is the diversity - you can never pre-empt what's going to happen, it's not like you can have a card to pull out when an event happens. 

I'm very passionate about food manufacturing in Australia and I think being able to maintain as much manufacturing in Australia and complete as much as possible here is very important.”

About SAI

SAI Global Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with its head office located in Sydney, Australia. The company employs around 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, North America and Asia.

SAI Global offers a broad range of products and services for risk management to businesses worldwide, including specialised property services to the financial, legal and conveyancing sectors.

 

About the Australian HACCP Conference

The 22nd Australian HACCP Conference will be held on the 18 November 2015 in Sydney, NSW. The Australian HACCP Conference is the premier discussion forum for all food industry professionals involved in food safety. Each year the conference attracts a loyal following together with a growing number of delegates involved in the development, implementation and maintenance of food safety programs. The Conference Program addresses issues that have affected the industry resulting from a wide range of events including regulatory change, international policy implementation, food borne illness outbreaks and technology developments. It also looks at specific sector issues so that all delegates can participate in the knowledge exchange, and apply the principles discussed in their own business environment. The conference has attracted many prominent international and domestic speakers over the years. 

 

About the Awards

Ross Peters Award - recognising excellence in food safety
Ross Peters was the former Technical Director of Advancing Food Safety. He was a master of food safety and HACCP. With a career spanning 40 years Ross played a significant role within the Australian and International food industry, driving education and innovation across the sector. He was highly respected amongst his peers. Sadly, Ross passed away suddenly in 2012. This Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates the passion that Ross Peters showed for improving food safety in Australia and New Zealand.

Food Safety Training Scholarship - supporting our young talent with the scholarship program
This scholarship was launched in 2013 as part of the 20th anniversary of the Australian HACCP Conference. This scholarship is to support up and coming talent, an ambitious person keen to excel as a food safety professional. It will provide the opportunity for one individual in the food industry to complete food safety training in 2016 and offer them a fantastic start to a great career in food safety.

The scholarship applicants were asked to submit an application that demonstrates their passion and interest in food safety, a commitment to the food industry and a willingness to learn. 

About the Judging Panel

The judging panel included: 

  • Clare Hamilton-Bate, Freshcare Ltd 
  • Ian Jenson, Meat & Livestock Australia 
  • Fiona Flemming, Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) 
  • Peter Holtmann, Exemplar Global 
  • Debbie Peters, Former Director Advancing Food Safety

 For the first time ever, in 2015 the selected finalists were then voted for by their peers in the industry.