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Auditors/Verifiers

Shane Hopgood

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Microbiology
  • Advanced Course in Food Microbiology, University of Surrey
  • Professional member of New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (MNZIFST)
  • 30+ years in food safety and quality
  • IANZ Technical Expert in the field of Microbiology Testing, and Food Safety Programme auditing
  • International consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Food Hygiene, HACCP and Good Manufacturing Practices

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Helen McDonald

  • New Zealand Certificate in Food Science (NZCS)
  • Professional member of New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (MNZIFST)
  • 30+ years in food safety and quality
  • Extensive food safety progamme auditing experience
  • Wine Standards Management Plan (WSMP) verification experience
  • IANZ Technical Expert for Food Safety Programme auditing

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Gavin Jacobson

  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
  • Master of Professional Studies in Food Safety (University of Auckland)
  • 20+ years working in the food and chemical industries in New Zealand
  • Experience in Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Laboratory Management, Production Management, Technical Management, Sales and Sales Management, and Business Management
  • Specialist experience and expertise with Food Control Plans, Cleaning and Sanitising Chemicals, Plant Hygiene Programmes, and Food Ingredients
  • Professional member of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (MNZIFST)

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Karen Whittington

  • National Diploma in Science
  • 25+ years in food safety
  • Experience in developing and managing Food Safety Programmes and Risk Management Programmes
  • Microbiological Laboratory Experience
  • Multisite verifications of food service and food retail (including supermarkets)
  • Horticulture verification experience including berry fruit exporting¬†

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Alicia Pratt

  • Bachelor of Technology - Food Science
  • 20+ years in food safety and quality
  • Practical experience in New Zealand food manufacturing and retailing businesses
  • RABQSA lead auditor
  • Technical expert for JASANZ in the field of food safety/quality systems assessment
  • Experience with customer standards such as BRC, Coles, Woolworths

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Lai-Peng Chiew

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) - Food Science and Technology
  • 30+ years in food safety and quality
  • Experience with FSSC22000, BRC, SQF, AIB, Coles and Woolworths Standards
  • Quality management experience in major New Zealand food manufacturers
  • Bi-lingual (English, Cantonese)
  • Food safety and quality training and assessor experience

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