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Helen McDonald Oct 2021

Helen McDonald

Practical food safety advice and training, expert advice for exporters

Helen provides independent and practical food safety advice and training for a wide range of New Zealand food businesses and operations. She focuses on developing realistic and practical ways for clients to gain approval for their Food Safety Programmes/Food Control Plans and Risk Management Programmes from the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Over the past 20+ years Helen has also operated Food Linkz Ltd, providing independent and practical food safety consultancy and training assistance across a wide range of food businesses and operations throughout New Zealand.

Helen also provides food safety, quality system and training assistance to support exporters' food handling processes that are managed through other food safety systems. These include Regulated Control Schemes (RCS), NZGAP and GlobalGAP.

Helen's food business clients are based many sectors including:

  • Horticulture (including hydroponics and aquaponics)
  • Food manufacturing and processing
  • Food retail
  • Food service/ hospitality
  • Airline catering
  • Food transport, storage and distribution

Past roles

  • Dairy laboratory technician and manager
  • Food and dairy laboratory management systems auditor
  • Food quality consultant
  • Food safety and quality system trainer
  • Food safety technical auditor

Past employers

  • New Zealand Co-operative Dairy Company (NZCDC)
  • International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ)
  • MAF Quality Management/AgriQuality NZ Ltd

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