Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award

The MPI Award for a Significant Contribution to Food Safety recognises a person or group that has made an improvement to food safety in New Zealand. The 2018 round closed in May.

About the award

The MPI Award for a Significant Contribution to Food Safety recognises an individual, a team, or an organisation that has made a significant improvement to food safety in New Zealand. This could include a development or improvement of a specific process or operation, for one particular sector or across a few sectors. 

We're interested in improvements in any of the following areas:

  • Science and research
  • Equipment or processing technology
  • Product or packaging development
  • Industry best practice
  • Building and maintaining a food safety culture (such as staff engagement processes and practices, education or training)

The Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award is non-financial.  

Nominations are assessed by a joint MPI and New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) panel. The award is presented at the NZIFST Awards Dinner.

2018 round closed

Nominations closed in May, check back here in early 2019 for information on the next round. 

Previous winners of the award

2018: Nigel French

Distinguished Professor Nigel French is a world expert in food safety, infectious diseases, and veterinary public health. The title of 'Distinguished Professor' – awarded by Massey University – recognises achievement of international importance. Nigel's leadership has impacted on the whole food safety and science research system in New Zealand.

He is an international authority on Campylobacter and contributed to a 50% reduction in human Campylobacter infections in New Zealand through improvements in the poultry supply.

2017 (inaugural award): Lesley Rhodes

Dr Rhodes has worked extensively in seafood safety, especially with shellfish – specialising in harmful algae. Lesley has led the Cawthron Institute's Safe New Zealand Seafood programme and was responsible for establishing food safety monitoring programmes to ensure New Zealand seafood meets international standards. 

Lesley's monitoring programmes have saved industry from large losses, and recreational fishers are now able to avoid areas with toxic algae.

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