Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award

The Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award recognises a person or group who has helped improve food safety in New Zealand. The 2020 winner will be announced at a date to be confirmed (pending COVID-19 Alert Levels).

The award in 2020

During the COVID-19 response, the New Zealand food industry has gone above and beyond to produce, package, and ship safe and suitable food to millions in lockdown. We are proud to have some of the most forward thinking, solutions-oriented food safety champions in our country.

Nominations for the 2020 award have closed.

About the award

Sponsored by New Zealand Food Safety, the Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award is part of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) Awards.

New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology

The award focuses on food safety improvements in any of the following areas:

  • science and research
  • equipment or processing technology
  • product or packaging development
  • industry best practice
  • building and maintaining an effective food safety culture (such as staff engagement processes and practices, education, or training).

This could include developing or improving a food safety process or operation. It could be in one sector, or across a few sectors, and is not time specific.

The winner will receive a trophy and a 12-month membership to the NZIFST.

The award will be presented at the NZIFST AGM and Awards at a date to be confirmed (pending COVID-19 Alert Levels) – this is expected to be in a "hybrid hub format" via Zoom.

Previous award winners

Previous winners of the Award are Rosie Waller (2019), Professor Nigel French (2018) and Dr Lesley Rhodes (2017).

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