Celebrating the food safety contributions from Australia’s food manufacturing industry professionals, the winners of the 2013 HACCP Awards have been announced.
As part of the 20th Australian HACCP Conference, the awards celebrate the contribution of both individuals and organisations involved in food safety.
“The HACCP Awards set Australasia’s food industry professional standards. This year’s winners have demonstrated both excellence in advancing safe food practices and passion to share their knowledge with the industry,” said Damian James, general manager – Assurance Services Australia – Advancing Food Safety, SAI Global.
2013 HACCP Awards winners:
Outstanding Individual nominated by an agri-food industry company
Allan Dall, general manager NSW, Barden Produce.
“The Barden Produce team and I are really passionate about delivering fresh food within 24 hours of harvest. We’re proud that we’re consistently at the top of our game with the latest systems and operations that not only meet, but exceed industry and global standards. It’s great to be recognised by Advancing Food Safety, SAI Global for the work that we love to do,” said Dall.
Outstanding Individual working as a registered food safety auditor
Troy Arnold, SAI Global.
“Helping my clients, both large and small, meet food safety standards without compromising their products is the most rewarding part of my role. Receiving this HACCP Award is a fantastic professional achievement, but to know that I was nominated by a client, is an honour in itself,’ said Arnold
Outstanding Company – Single-site
Hazeldene’s Chicken & Kez’s Kitchen
“Implementing food safety industry best practice has led us to be the successful business that we are today. Having started as a small egg supplier over 56 years ago, to now stand here as one of the largest regional poultry processors in Victoria recognised for our consistency in delivering a product at the highest quality is a fantastic achievement,” said Tracey Ling, QA Manager, Hazeldene’s Chicken.
Michael Carp, managing director, Kez’s Kitchen (the second winner in this category), said “As a family owned and operated business we’ve always had a commitment to making healthy, safe and delicious foods. Having HACCP standards as the foundation of our business for the past 15 years has allowed us to develop leading food manufacturing practices that ensure we deliver gourmet quality products to both the Australian and international markets."
Outstanding Company – Multi-site
“Since our beginnings in 1898 we have actively sought ways to improve the quality and safety of products that we manufacture. This award recognises the team effort and commitment required to manufacture and distribute safe products and we want to thank our industry peers for this very special recognition,” said Nerolie Dever, quality systems manager, Sanitarium.
Inaugural Ross Peters Award Memorial Award
Glen Neal, manager – Food and Beverage, Ministry for Primary Industries New Zealand.
Neal has been the major driver for reform across the agrifood sector in NZ in addition to contributing to food safety. His passion and commitment have been recognised within the industry for the past 25 years.
“To even be considered for this award is a tremendous honour. The significant contribution that Ross gave to the industry, professionally as well as personally, is something to be celebrated and remembered. Driving reform and aiming to achieve the highest of standards for the industry is something that I find incredibly rewarding. Like Ross, I aim to share my passion for food safety with many others,” he said.