ABP trainee wins food safety award

An ABP trainee has won a top prize at the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) Student Awards for his dissertation on managing the food safety risk posed by campylobacter.

Food scientist Daniel Walker, who is on a two-year technical management trainee programme with ABP Beef, impressed judges with his dedication to going the extra mile. The judging panel, which included representatives from award sponsors Diversey Sealed Air and Tesco, said his dissertation was “well written, comprehensive and showed that he had carried out considerable research”.

Walker, who has a degree in Food Science with Industrial Training at The University of Reading and was a chef before developing an interest in food science, said: “It is fantastic to win. I put a lot of effort into researching and writing this piece of work – editing it was the biggest challenge. I could have written 10,000 words covering the entire subject, with all the reading I had undertaken.”

He won £250 cash, membership of SOFHT and £400-worth of vouchers from Campden BRI to spend on technical resources.

Second prize at the awards, which are designed to encourage young people into a career in food manufacturing and technology, went to Lucie Humphries at Manchester Metropolitan University, while Georgia Townend at Harper Adams University took third prize.

The awards will be presented at the SOFHT annual luncheon on 28 November 2013.


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