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A day in the life of a food safety Consultant

As a food safety auditor and trainer with The Food Safety Company, I have a busy and rewarding job. I work with a wide variety of food businesses, from restaurants, cafes and hotels to catering companies and food manufacturers, all of them producing delicious food! My role is to support them to ensure that the food is both delicious and safe by complying with legislation and industry standards.

A typical day may start with a visit to a food business that has requested an audit. The audit could include a full operation check or may be a smaller targeted focus on documentation or other processes of the business. I look for potential hazards or risks that could compromise the food safety or quality. Feedback and advice is given on how they can improve their performance and avoid any non-compliance issues. Following on from the audit a report that summarizes my findings and recommendations is sent to the client, this in turn is followed up to ensure any corrective action is implemented. I also update the records of the audit on the online system that we use to monitor the food safety status of all the food businesses in our portfolio.

An afternoon is likely to see me delivering a training session for a group of food workers who want to learn more about food safety or refresh their skills. I use interactive methods, such as quizzes, games, videos, and case studies, to make the training engaging and fun. I cover topics such as food poisoning, allergens, cross-contamination, cleaning and sanitizing, personal hygiene, and HACCP. I also answer any questions or doubts that the participants may have. At the end of the training session, I issue certificates to the participants who have successfully completed the course. I also collect feedback from them to evaluate the effectiveness of the training and identify any areas for improvement. Training is a very enjoyable part of my job and gives me the opportunity to meet those at the frontline and discuss any issues they encounter on a day-to-day basis.

My own continuous professional development is also an important part of my working life. Being a member of a professional association like the FSPA gives me an opportunity to engage with my peers and avail of a wealth of knowledge and expertise from within the group, it is also a chance to relax and enjoy good company!

It is important to me that I enjoy my working life, I see it as part of my identity. Choosing Food Safety as a career gives me enormous satisfaction, the chance to meet people from all walks of life and cultures and a pride in knowing I am contributing to help them improve their food safety knowledge and practices. I also feel proud that I contribute to protecting the health and well-being of the consumers and the reputation of the food industry with The Food Safety Company.

By Colm O'Shaughnessy Food Safety Consultant

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