Part of Thermo Fisher Scientific
15 September 2007
Find out who won the 2006/2007 Oxoid Food Safety Team of the Year Award.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2006/2007 Oxoid Food Safety Team of the Year Award
Awarded to microbiology laboratories demonstrating excellence in the food and beverage industry, the £1,000 first prize has been awarded to Young’s Seafood Ltd, Grimsby, UK, whose entry demonstrated laboratory efficiencies that led to labour savings and cost reductions whilst increasing environmental awareness and improving standards of hygiene in the processing environment.
“We were very impressed by the teamwork demonstrated by Young’s Seafood that led to the instigation of their “Efficiencies Improvement Programme”, said Cheryl Mooney, applications manager, food & industrial markets at Oxoid and chairman of the judging panel. “Their revised, more efficient, working practices within the laboratory and the training initiatives devised for factory operatives and QA staff have led, not only to improvements in quality but also to enhanced morale, better staff retention and CLAS accreditation with no non-conformances. We were delighted to award them 1st prize”.
Second prize was awarded to the team at Westbury Dairies Ltd, Westbury, Wiltshire, UK. The Westbury team impressed the judges with their contribution to the company becoming the first ISO 22000 accredited dairy in the world. Despite a reduced workforce, improvements in laboratory efficiency were demonstrated and staff motivation was high.
The third prize was awarded to the food safety team at Cadbury Trebor Bassett’s laboratory in Chirk, North Wales. The judges applauded the team for the way in which they had responded positively to well publicised difficulties within the Cadbury business. Good teamwork and changes to working practices had resulted in measurable benefits, such as the achievement of a Grade A BRC Accreditation in May 2007, and the effort and commitment to training was also praised.
Westward Laboratories, Callington, Cornwall, UK were given a Highly Commended Award for their excellence in customer service and their commitment to continuous improvement.
The winners will receive their Awards later at a ceremony to be held in the UK.
To register for information on how to enter the 2007/2008 Oxoid Laboratory 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.