Food Safety Governance for Directors
Directors and boards, senior executives, and business owners in the wider food industry are invited to attend our Food Safety Governance for Directors course.
About the Event
The safety of our food supply is critical to the health of all Australians and to the viability of businesses dealing with food. Consumers of food produced in Australia, whether living locally or overseas, expect food products to be safe. Food companies must be proactive in delivering on that expectation.
Food safety, like workplace health and safety, is a business essential. Once seen as a cost burden, the reality is the implications of supplying unsafe food can be greater than the investment required to ensure food safety.
Senior Managers, Executives and Company Directors do have a legal obligation to develop organisation-wide systems and organisational culture that can recognise, evaluate, and prevent or mitigate food safety risk. Beyond the legal obligation, embedding food safety as “the way we do business” simply makes good business sense.
The workshop, run via Zoom, is designed to provide a governance overview for Directors, Executives and senior management of food manufacturing and supply businesses based in Australia to support the production and sale of safe food both domestically and overseas.
The workshop will help directors to understand the importance of food safety governance, their responsibilities and role in assuring food safety performance. It will also discuss the tools to monitor and verify food safety system performance and the essentials of good food safety governance.
What will the workshop cover?
- Why food safety - sets out the case for food safety governance, introduces food safety risk and Australia’s food regulation framework.
- Food safety – the board’s role – sets out the leadership role that boards of directors must play in the governance of food safety.
- A Director’s briefcase – includes a director's food safety checklist, sets out the legal environment, key roles in compliance with food safety regulation, what comprises a food safety system and examples of food safety performance measures.
Fiona Fleming is CEO of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). With more than 30 years’ experience in the food industry, Fiona is a well-versed Corporate and Regulatory Affairs professional who has been involved in leading and facilitating change along with developing management strategies across a portfolio of food policy and regulation matters in global FMCG and NGO environments.
In her previous role, Fiona worked for a large FMCG company in the position of Group Quality and Corporate Affairs Manager, responsible for providing leadership across Australia and New Zealand in the areas of food policy and regulation; consumer affairs and communication; issues and crisis management and food quality and safety.
Victual are market leaders in the delivery of tailored risk management strategies for the unique risks faced by the food industry, and will lead the workshop team, which includes experts in product recall preparedness, public relations, policy and regulation, risk management and product recall insurance.
Peter has twenty years’ experience in the risk and insurance industries. He has multiple post-graduate qualifications that combine to provide a unique knowledge base of technical risk understanding complemented with commercial business acumen.
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