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05 September 2007
Young Food Microbiologist of the Year – Winners Announced
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2006/2007 Oxoid Young Food Microbiologist of the Year Award.
Awarded to a young microbiologist (under 30 years of age) working within the food and beverage industry, the first prize went to Jessica Roberts, laboratory manager for Tegel Foods Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand. Jessica wins of a trip to the 2008 International Association of Food Protection Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, USA, plus £1,000.
Jessica impressed the judges with her proactive approach to establishing new methodologies that would allow Tegel Foods, the largest processor of chicken in New Zealand, to reduce levels of Campylobacter both on-farm and in processing. The judges applauded her initiative, working with her procurement colleagues to achieve savings in laboratory spend to compensate for the required increased spend on Campylobacter testing. “Jessica’s work had a considerable impact on food safety and, ultimately, human health,” said Cheryl Mooney, applications manager, food & industrial markets for Oxoid and chairman of the judging panel. “Her entry demonstrated team leadership and a determination to operate at the highest level. We are delighted to award her first prize.”
Pictured above: Jessica Roberts
Second prize was awarded to Saadia Maqsood, microbiologist at Qarshi Research International, Hattar, Pakistan. The judges cited Saadia’s self motivation and attention to detail as strengths that contributed significantly to improvements undertaken by the lab, including implementation of a laboratory information management system (LIMS) and introduction of five new tests to the laboratory’s scope. She also took on additional honorary responsibilities as the laboratory’s internal auditor for ISO 17025 and plant hygienist.
Pictured above: Saadia Maqsood
The third prize was awarded to Stacey Ryder, microbiologist at Long Clawson Dairy Ltd, Melton Mowbray, UK. Her contribution to improvements in environmental monitoring led to improved hygiene standards in production areas and, with product testing efficiency in mind, Stacey also advised on the design of a new facility.
Pictured above: Stacey Ryder
The winners will receive their Awards later in the year at a ceremony to be held in the UK.
To register for information on how to enter the 2007/2008 Oxoid Young Microbiologist of the Year Award please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Fiona Macrae, awards manager, tel: +44 (0) 1256 841144, fax: +44 (0) 1256 329728.