Food Safe is a 100% Kiwi-Owned and Operated Company based in the home of Middle Earth, New Zealand

About Food Safe

Food Safe’s scope extends from farm to fork across all food sectors, including, Dairy, Seafood, Meat, Produce, Hospitality, Supermarket Retail, and Processing, with Food Safety Training, Internal Auditing, Project Management, Robotics, Digital Solutions, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence for Food Companies.

Some of our many projects include solutions for companies in New Zealand, across the Tasman, and globally such as AFFCO, Amcor, Bon Accord, DSM Nutritionals, GWF, Jamestrong, Jack Links NZ, Mataura Valley Milk, LeaderBrand, Yashili, Nestle, Tip Top, Miraka and Westland Milk Products.

Our Unique Approach

Technical Competency of Food Safe’s Managing Director, Keith Michael:


Keith holds a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors (IOD), New Zealand, with years of experience as a company director where he has assisted companies with Food Safety Compliance, Risk Audit, and closing of gaps identified with smart purpose-built competency training.

View Keith’s Food Safety subject matter and Technical Competency Record here.

Keith’s other roles include:

  • Adjunct Research Fellow: Auckland University of Technology – assisting Dr. Brent Seale with the development and launch of New Zealand’s first specialised BSc Food Safety Degree.
  • Member: Business Standards Review Panel at NZQA.
  • Board Level Advisor: Food Safety Compliance & Risk Audit, Institute of Directors (IOD) Trained.
  • Keynote speaker: Food Safety Conferences – 2019, 2020 and 2021
Food Safe New Zealand Government Accreditation

New Zealand Government Accreditation

Food Safe Limited has been assessed and accredited by the New Zealand Government.

This accreditation is in addition to our New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) Private Training Establishment (PTE) Category 1 Accreditation and an added, independent, governmental level quality assurance assessment that bench-marks Food Safe against six relevant regulatory standards that we successfully meet:

  1. Client-centered services
  2. Governance and management structure and systems
  3. Health and safety
  4. Staffing
  5. Resolution of complaints related to service provision
  6. Financial management and systems

It allows for Food Safe to work with the public as well as directly with the New Zealand Government and its subsidiaries, providing advice, employment, and training services and also further reassures, other governments, our clients, companies, and people we work with year-on-year about the quality and governance standards of our organization.

NZQA Food Safe EER Rating

Category 1 NZQA-Registered PTE

Food Safe is also a Category 1 Private Training Establishment (PTE) that has been granted registration by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) under Part 18 of the Education Act 1989.

External Evaluation and Review (EER) status of Food Safe, including statements of confidence: Category 1 training provider – NZQA is:

  • Highly Confident in our Education Performance and
  • Highly Confident in our Capability in Self-Assessment

Memorandum of Collaborations:


For Food Safe, being sustainable and going beyond commerce is a continuous improvement journey where we earn our social license to operate and grow!

Learn more about our efforts on this page.

We have taken our first steps and focused on the following specific elements for the road ahead:

  • We strive to maintain a high degree of integrity and ethics in our actions and decisions – Rangatiratanga
  • We pursue knowledge and ideas that will strengthen and grow our value, brand and community. Helping people and companies succeed while building intellectual property through Research & Development – Tohungatanga
  • We operate thoughtfully and engage meaningfully putting people at the core while we connect with our community including iwi and Māori, the Tangata Whenua or indigenous people of New Zealand as well as around the Globe – Manaakitanga
  • We strive to minimize our impact: environmental, social, cultural, and on the ecosystem, we belong to – Kaitiakitanga
  • We are transparent and accountable to stakeholders and quality assurance frameworks we operate within.
Te Whare Tapa Whā

Te Whare Tapa Whā

Our Tangata Whenua Guides and Mentors include Huhana Mete – Director of Tumanako Global Leadership & Peter Storey – Teaching and Learning Manager at Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

Te Whare Tapa Whā is a model of the 4 dimensions of well being developed by Sir Mason Durie to provide a Māori perspective on health that we have incorporated at Food Safe to guide our approach to supporting not just Māori but all learners in our training programmes.

The 4 dimensions of learner wellbeing include:

Taha Hinengaro (mental and emotional wellbeing) of our learners, as well as how learners communicate and think regardless of whether or not they experience mental illness or distress.

Taha Whānau (family wellbeing) is about who makes our learners feel like they belong, who learners care about, and who they share their life with. Whānau is about extended relationships – it’s not just learner’s immediate relatives, it’s their friends, hoamahi (colleagues), community, and the people they care about.

Taha Tinana (physical wellbeing) refers to a learner’s physical wellbeing.

Taha Wairua (inner well-being): A learner’s inner drive is their life force – their mauri. This is who and what they are, where they have come from, and where they are going.

To understand how we incorporate each of these dimensions into our training click here

Global Trust

We are actively connected with both our local & global community on:

Food Safe Community

Food Safe Experts

Parul Sheopuri

Director: Strategy & Client Services

Keith Michael

Director and Lead Trainer

Neil Oshlag-Michael

Data Science Advisor

Peter Storey

Mentor & Guide

Clinton Rule

Industry Advisor

Vidya Kulkarni

Biotechnology Advisor

The bottom-line



We are experts in our field, with relevant cross-sector experience over many years that feed into our work. Our training is Food Science-Based, in line with Codex Alimentarius, Biotechnology, Artificial Intelligence and Human Factor Best Practice.


People know us, respect our mana, quality assurance and look to us as a leader in our industry. We are Government Accredited as an authoritative and technically competent collaborator with a long and respected track record of both execution and delivery.


We are trusted as a reliable source of information which is based on peer-reviewed research, regulations (eg MPI, FDA, EU, CFDA) Certification Standards and backed by Hundreds of Verifiable Reviews by both Trainees and well known Global Brands.

How we collaborate with companies

Companies we work with

Food Safe’s Quality Assurance

New Zealand Government Accredited

Category 1 Rated NZQA Registered PTE

Training by ISO 22000 Qualified Experts

Read our 5 Facebook & Google trainee reviews

I attended the Food safety training course online via Skype with Keith. He was extremely professional and personable. I feel confident from the training he has given me. All the course content was relevant and well delivered. You will not regret completing your training with Keith! Thanks again!
Katie Hoppe
Katie Hoppe
02:27 13 Sep 21
Amazing one day online course. Very helpful and informative even if you have been in the industry for a while. Instructor was very clear and thorough with the information. Highly recommended for whoever wants to do it!
Aishwarya Kamble
Aishwarya Kamble
02:21 31 Jul 21
Keith was very easy to understand and allowed for us to ask questions if we were unsure about anything. It was great presentation. With background and knowledge of the hospitality industry he is a great teacher. Thank you so much Keith.
Bhavika Patel
Bhavika Patel
03:46 26 Jul 21
Keith was absolutely amazing!! was clear, respectful and patient. I was able to adapt quickly and absorb as much as i could. With previous background experience in hospitality, this training gave me the tools and knowledge I needed to know and to continue to grow in the industry.. Appreciate your time Keith and the amazing team.
Waituhi Missy Munro
Waituhi Missy Munro
02:21 22 Jul 21
This Course was very informative and I learn so much within the Time Frame. Instructor was very easy to understand and up beat to keep you from falling asleep. I recommend this to anyone wanting to take the Basic Food Safety Course
David Danielson III
David Danielson III
23:04 14 Jun 21
An excellent presentation and explanation. Keith was very easy to understand and allowed for us to ask questions it we were unsure about anything. He has an amazing knowledge of the industry and therefore, an amazing teacher. I also loved doing the training via Skype which was very easy & clear. Thank you so much Keith.
Mavis Taratu
Mavis Taratu
02:21 11 Jun 21
Have just completed this training for our Childcare service. Great information, knowable trainer, really easy and convenient to complete online. Highly recommend.
Sue Kilkenny
Sue Kilkenny
02:12 11 Jun 21
This was a great course, I liked the online option. The content was thorough and related to our specific work contexts. The tutor was engaging and responsive.
Emma Parangi
Emma Parangi
01:01 17 May 21
Very helpful even if you have been in the industry awhile, it is good to have the regulations refreshed. Instructor spoke in a clear easy to understand manner and offered many helpful hints to those in the class. Happy to recommend.
Elizabeth Camille
Elizabeth Camille
01:14 23 Apr 21
Great experience today with Keith. He made everything really easy to follow and engaging. It also made the experience very personalised for each individual taking part and allowed lots of time for questions and feedback. Thank you for a great morning Keith and the Food Safe team
Steph Burbidge
Steph Burbidge
01:16 17 Apr 21
Had a wonderful experience with my 1-day online course at Food Safe NZ. This course exceeded my expectations. Would recommend to anyone who is considering in working in the food industry in any area! Found this course super helpful and well planned. Keith was a pleasure to train with. Great course! 🙂
Lou Anne Roman
Lou Anne Roman
00:17 26 Mar 21
This was my second time taking the certification on food safety (the first was several years ago) and still appreciate the way the topics were delivered. Keith has a great depth of knowledge and experience on the subject which makes it all come out naturally. He is also open to questions and freely gives great tips on the processes. Thank you.
Maria Medel
Maria Medel
00:12 15 Mar 21
I expected basic training but Keith Michael provided more than that. He clearly articulated the course content and was able to answer all questions in a way that gave me confidence in his knowledge base and added value that I hadn't anticipated getting from this course.Expectations Exceeded!!Many thanks
Scott Pryor
Scott Pryor
01:13 12 Mar 21
Excellent service from Keith, would highly recommend taking this class for Food Safety training. Very helpful resources given, clear communication and understandable. Made sure that we were all on the same page, at the same time. This has definitely helped me with my new position at a learning center, preparing me to succeed in what i will be doing. Opened up my mind to general life and food safety for my own home and family which i will now take into more serious.Thanks again Keith,Much appreciated
Kasian Liuvaie
Kasian Liuvaie
23:44 21 Jan 21
This online curse is a must for any body /small or large business working with food and serving to others for profit or non profit. I became so aware of a lot of things I wasn't previously aware of and it helped me so much in my food handling practice. The presenter was very friendly and welcoming and certainly knew his stuff! Also made the content easy to learn. Thanks Keith.
Barbara Tutty
Barbara Tutty
23:39 21 Jan 21
The training was great! Keith has so much knowledge and experience in the food industry so he was able to give us lots of information and personal experiences. He linked all the training to our own food goals and made it relevant. Thanks so much!
Renee Pennington
Renee Pennington
23:32 21 Jan 21
Keith was our instructor today. We all felt very comfortable. Even though Keith had 7 of us on board, he still managed to involve each and everyone and individually explained what we'll need and what to look out for.Highly highly recommended!
Queen Peary
Queen Peary
04:44 11 Jan 21
Keith and his services are highly recommended. Today our class was very enjoyable. He explains information very clearly and his class today, I found was very useful for my up and coming business. My team and I give thanks to Keith for helping us. In the end we received our food safety certificate. 5/5 highly recommended to those that are seeking a food safety certificate. Thanks Keith
Daniel Davis
Daniel Davis
01:12 19 Dec 20
Incredibly informative, thoughtful, and well-executed course. The instructor Keith was fantastic with connecting with each attendee and shared a lot of practical tips and ideas pertained to each of the prospective/existing business. It was packed with information and useful resources, but ran at a good pace so it didn't feel overwhelming. Highly recommended!
Mana Toyoda
Mana Toyoda
01:05 11 Dec 20
Great experience being trained by Keith! He was professional, has great communication skills and has a wealth of knowledge on food safety. A brilliant educator! Many thanks.
Erin Wilks
Erin Wilks
23:47 03 Dec 20
Very professional. I’m very satisfied with this service. The trainer was brilliant and not only offered great advise but also tailored parts of the training for my business directly. Overall I highly recommend Keith at Food Safe. Very very good service! A+++++++++
Jollymilkman Jolly
Jollymilkman Jolly
09:09 22 Nov 20
I highly recommend Food Safe. I had training with Keith today and he made me feel like i did online training before, even though i never did. It was a great experience and very helpful.Thanks again Keith.
Mariska Du Plessis
Mariska Du Plessis
01:06 16 Nov 20
I highly recommend this training. Keith was very professional and knowledgable. He gave examples specific to my business and I have come out of the training feeling a lot more confident. Thank you so much Keith and Food Safe Ltd.
Arihia Nordstrom
Arihia Nordstrom
23:31 06 Nov 20
Deanna and I thought the presentation was outstanding. We both not only enjoyed the course but learnt a lot. We now have loads of confidence that our kitchen will be top notch
Rose Duffy
Rose Duffy
23:20 18 Oct 20
They offer more dates/classes than other organizations I could find on the internet. One thing I liked the most about the class was that our lecturer always gave us examples/case studies related to students' real job/industry. It was very easy to understand, nice and thorough.
00:22 09 Oct 20