Food mag awards in focus: Food Safety and Innovation in Non-Food

The Food Magazine awards will return in 2013 and with entries closing on 24 April, now's your chance to have your product recognised by industry peers!

In this preview of the annual awards, we're looking at the Food Safety and Innovation in Non-Food category.

For a company to be eligible for this category, the product or service needs to be directly applicable to the Australian or New Zealand food and beverages industries; offering an aspect of safety within the food processing environment.

This benefit may be realised through design, improved sanitation or additional contribution to food safety. Products that can be entered include protective clothing, sanitation products and services, monitoring equipment, materials handling products and facility fit out products and materials.

Areas of assessment include (as appropriate):

  1. Design, Materials, Specifications and Claims
  2. Innovation in terms of application/ use/ function
  3. Contamination risk reduction and consequence of error
  4. Contribution to food safety /HACCP conformance

In last year's Food magazine awards, the Food Safety and Innovation in Non-Food title went to Make Safe's BaitSafe product.

About the winner
BaitSafe can be installed in ceilings, walls, flat roofed areas and between floors, and eliminates the dangers associated with climbing ladders to gain access to hazardous areas.

It's been designed to be installed easily by the home owner or a pest control professional and can be done in less than 15 minutes.

The system has also been designed with aesthetics in mind as it has a flat contour design and the base unit is virtually invisible within its surroundings. It can even be painted to match existing room colours.

The company do not currently export as it has only recently been released into the market but there has been interest from distributors in New Zealand, Japan, UK, Europe, Taiwan and South Africa.

Gary McMahon, Make Safe CEO, said "We do have plans to export and we are being courted by some of the biggest companies around the globe which is fantastic."

The dangers of disease transmission from rodents are well known and have been associated with over 55 diseases to humans, ranging from viruses to parasitic worms, including choriomeningitis, mild meningitis, weil’s disease, infectious jaundice, tapeworm, skin disease, rat bite fever or relapsing fever. However the most the most common of all is food-poisoning, like salmonella bacteria, which is why a product like BaitSafe provides peace of mind for homeowners.

"It provides a safe barrier which helps to reduce the risks associated with pest control and is also the first of its kind in the world, with a Global Patent filed and the most awarded in [its] class," McMahon said.

For information and entry details, click here.

The 2013 Food Magazine Awards are proudly brought to you by Platinum sponsor Heat and Control. Other sponsors include Flavour Makers, Janbak, HACCP Australia, Kerry Ingredients, Newly Weds Foods, Tronics, APPMA, Earlee Products and Kurz.


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