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About

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

About Food Safe

Food Safe’s scope Food Safe’s area of expertise encompasses the entire food supply chain, spanning from farm to consumer, and covers various food sectors not only in New Zealand but also in Australia, Asia, Africa, and the USA.

These sectors include Dairy, Seafood, Meat, Poultry, Produce, Horticulture, Manufacturing, Processing, and Supermarket Retail.

Food Safe specializes in offering comprehensive services such as Food Safety Training, Internal Auditing, Project Management, Digital Solutions, Immersive Reality 360, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence tailored to the specific needs of food companies.

Some notable projects undertaken by Food Safe involve creating customized solutions and delivering training programs for prominent companies and stakeholders, including but not limited to AFFCO, Amcor, Blount Fine Foods, Callahan Innovation, Danone, DSM Nutritionals, GWF, Griffins Foods, Indomilk, Jamestrong, Jack Links, LeaderBrand, Mataura Valley Milk, Pact Group, Nestle, Oceania Dairy, the New Zealand Government, Tip Top, Miraka, Live Seafood Export, Vosen, Yashili, Waiu Dairy, and Westland Milk Products, among others

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 people and companies with smart purpose-built solutions for Operations, Technical, and Compliance teams across the world.

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

In addition to his roles at Food Safe, Keith is actively involved in other significant endeavors, including:

  • Auckland University of Technology: Assisting Dr. Brent Seale in developing and launching New Zealand’s pioneering specialized BSc Food Safety Degree.
  • Board Level Advisor:  Offering teach-ins and expertise in Food Safety Compliance, Risk Audit, and AI to CEOs, Boards, and VCs across the globe.
  • Keynote speaker: Food Safety Conferences – 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2023
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
Food Safe New Zealand Government Accreditation

New Zealand Government Accreditation

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

This accreditation was 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 for the following:

  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

Memorandum of Collaborations:

Global Trust

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

Food Safe Community

Sustainability

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.

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

Global Quality: New Zealand’s Food Safety Systems Recognition

New Zealand Comparability Determination by FDA

Report on the Comparability Determination of the Food Safety Component of the New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries

Source: FDA

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New Zealand’s Global Role with Codex Alimentarius

New Zealand is a founding member of Codex and chairs two important Codex committees on Milk Products (CCMMP) and Meat Hygiene (CCMH)

Source: FAO

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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.

Code of Practice

Learn more about our:

    • Code of Practice here
    • Learner Well-being, Health & Safety Policy here

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 and the Manu Kōkiri vision into our training click here

The principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, as articulated by the Waitangi Tribunal, provide the framework for how we will meet our obligations under Te Tiriti at Food Safe Ltd.

The principles that apply to our work are as follows.

Tino rangatiratanga:

The guarantee of tino rangatiratanga, which provides for Māori self-determination and mana motuhake in the design, delivery, and execution of our education services.

Equity: The principle of equity, requires us to commit to achieving equitable education outcomes for Māori learners.

Active protection: The principle of active protection, requires us to act, to the fullest extent practicable, to achieve equitable education outcomes for Māori learners.

Options: The principle of options, requires us to provide for and properly resource our services. Furthermore, we feel obliged to ensure that all our education services are provided in a culturally appropriate way (described above) that recognizes and supports Māori learners.

Partnership: The principle of partnership, requires us to collaborate with our Māori learners,  in the design, delivery, and execution of our education services.

All our trainees including Māori learners are co-designers of our education services and the feedback loop from our reviews is a performance indicator of this.

The bottom-line

1

Expertise

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.
2

Authoritativeness

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.
3

Trustworthiness

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

Meets Global Codex & MPI Standards

Category 1 Rated NZQA Registered PTE

Training by ISO 22000 Qualified Experts

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★★★★★ Excellent tutor, lots of up to date relevant information. Highly recommend. ThankyouEmma Sa do PradoEmma Sa do Prado ★★★★★ Great experience with Keith today, goes over all the points that need to be addressed and explained everything in a way for all participants in different jobs at every step to be able to understand, I have done HACCP training before and this was better than my last experienceskaryn fowkekaryn fowke ★★★★★ The course was very informative and fun. I am grateful to gain more knowledge about food safety to ensure the safety of our families, customers and people in general.Thank you Keith for sharing your knowledge.Pela AndrewPela Andrew ★★★★☆ Very informative relevate and up to date information provided by Keith on food safetyMurdock OrmsbyMurdock Ormsby ★★★★★ Great class and personally for me has been a great refresher but some really good information and guidance for people getting into hospitality and starting their own business - Thanks very much Keith and all the bestGarett HuijsGarett Huijs ★★★★☆ The course was done via zoom. Being able to attend the course in the comfort of your own home while still getting that personal classroom feel was a bonus. A good learning experience with loads of information to help you be successful in your career path.Janine SadlierJanine Sadlier ★★★★★ The training is very helpful and clearKristine Pere - PaderKristine Pere - Pader ★★★★★ The course itself was awesome and very engaging, the course instructor was amazing and nice, very worth it!Lucky MinLucky Min ★★★★★ very informative and enjoyable, great tutorDavid SlyDavid Sly ★★★★★ Keith who taught us was great, and I learned so much! It was well worth doing and I feel I gained a lot of knowledge. Thank you.Merina FosterMerina Foster ★★★★★ Trainer was fun to work with and explained everything clearly.Mathew RendellMathew Rendell ★★★★★ My basic food safety and hygiene online course was taught with knowledge, patience and plenty of personal feedback to address the particular situation of all the participants from childcare centres to new business start ups. I would definitely recommend this not only yo those who must hold a certificate for their careers but also to churches and charities to ensure their food safety is up to date with national standardslouise shawlouise shaw ★★★★★ Experienced Tutor with excellent teaching techniques. The course was specific to the learning needs of each individual student, by explaining specifics for the variety of industries where this certification is relevantMartha WilsonMartha Wilson ★★★★★ What a great experience. Instructor is well versed and answered every questions we had. Extremely recommended for 1st time food business owners or planning to be one.Felix III CervantesFelix III Cervantes ★★★★★ Amazing training with this course.Keith is awesome training and funny but also this course has taught me alot that I didn't know about food safety and was well worth it.Robyn WalshRobyn Walsh ★★★★★ Terrific course. Keith was personable and knowledgeable, and his tutoring style made it a fun and inclusive experience.Grant DobsonGrant Dobson ★★★★★ Great coursejemma farrelljemma farrell ★★★★★ The course was well structured and run. Thanks very much.Stu CliffinStu Cliffin ★★★★★ It was an enjoyable course thanks to the tutor Keith.jolene Leafjolene Leaf ★★★★★ I enjoyed training with keith he was understandble and easy to learn fromtyson hototyson hotojs_loader