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Nominations are now open for the 2019 APAC Food Safety Awards, the leading event that recognises and rewards individuals who have contributed to food safety in Australia and New Zealand. 


Hosted by the global leader in integrated risk management solutions SAI Global (saiglobal.com), the Food Safety Award winners will be announced at the APAC Food Safety Awards Gala Dinner on 21 August in Sydney. The dinner is held as part of the APAC Food Safety Conference (20-22 August).


The APAC Food Safety Awards comprise three categories, with nominations closing on 25 July. Entrants are shortlisted by an independent panel of recognised Australian food experts – with this year’s panel including:

  • Andrea Currie, Coles Brand Manager Policy & Technical Standards
  • Debbie Peters, wife of the late Ross Peters, the founder of the Ross Peters Award for Excellence in Food Safety
  • Paul Holder, 2018 winner of the Ross Peters Award for Excellence in Food Safety
  • Kimberly Coffin, SAI Global Head of Food, Retail and Hospitality – Assurance


The award categories are as follows:

  • Ross Peters Award for Excellence in Food Safety. This category is open to any individual who has made a notable contribution to food safety in Australia. They can work within any sector of the agri-food industry.
  • Leaders of the Future – Food Safety Learning Scholarship. Applicants in this category must work within the food industry and have a junior quality assurance role or equivalent. They must have a background or experience that shows a unique perspective on food safety, a drive towards continuous improvement and leadership potential through vision. The winner will receive a scholarship to complete food safety courses with SAI Global to the value of $10,000.
  • Innovators in Food Safety. This award recognises an individual or organisation that has developed best in class innovations in technology, process, procedure and training in relation to food safety. The winner of this award will have made a positive and influential impact on food safety through an innovative idea or product.


John Rowley, CEO of SAI Global Assurance, says: “The APAC Food Safety Awards is an annual event that publicly recognises the achievements of food safety professionals. Their commitment to the industry should be celebrated and rewarded, as there are many individuals in the industry who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of our food supply and the minimisation of any potential harm. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we continually strive to the challenges and changes within the food industry.”


Jessica Kelly, winner of the 2018 APAC Food Safety Award for ‘Leaders of the Future – Food Safety Learning Scholarship’ says: "It was very exciting and humbling to have been recognised for an APAC Food Safety Award last year, so early into my career. Winning this award has provided me an opportunity to expand my presence in the industry and explore new networks, career directions, skills and mentor opportunities. I highly recommend anyone thinking about entering to apply as early as possible to demonstrate their skills, passion and commitment in being a part of a strong future for the industry."


Nominations for the APAC Food Safety Awards close at 5pm, 25 July, and finalists will be announced on 14 August. Award winners will be announced at the APAC Food Safety Awards Gala Dinner, held at Doltone House, 48 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, Sydney on 21 August.


For more information on the APAC Food Safety Awards and to nominate yourself, visit www.foodsafetyapac.com/award-nominations.



About SAI Global

SAI Global is a provider of integrated risk management solutions – a combination of leading certification capabilities, training services and advisory offerings across the entire risk lifecycle. It helps organisations proactively manage risk to build trust with customers and achieve business confidence, growth and sustainability. A trusted provider of standards, technical information and regulatory content to organisations globally, SAI Global’s accredited audit and certification services, based on third-party endorsed management systems and world-class training, help organisations gain efficiencies, improve performance and ensure compliance. Underpinning all SAI Global’s solutions are proven and trusted business methodologies, powered by local expertise and know how. The company has global reach, with locations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. For more information visitwww.saiglobal.com/assurance.


About the APAC Food Safety Awards

The Food Safety Awards is the leading award for food safety practitioners in the Asia Pacific. The awards recognise the achievements of individuals and companies in ensuring the safety of food supply. The Food Safety Awards is awarded across three categories – The Ross Peters Award for Excellence in Food Safety, Leaders of the Future (a safety learning scholarship), and Innovators in Food Safety – with winners chosen by recognised Australian food experts. The awards ceremony is presented annually at the APAC Food Safety Conference, and 2019 is held in Sydney, Australia.

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