BRCGS's Food Safety Europe 2022 Awards were announced as part of the organisation's annual Food Safety Europe conference held on 10 February 2022 in London.
The awards recognise individuals and organisations who are committed to developing the BRCGS certification scheme and the wider food safety industry in the EMEA markets.
Award categories and winners
BRCGS Approved Training Partner and Consultant of the Year
Meera Hoosen, PDCA Solutions
BRCGS Certification Body of the Year
Bureau Veritas Certification SAS
BRCGS Certificated Site of the Year
S.H. Pratt Group Ltd
BRCGS Professional of the Year
CEO of the Year
Meera Hoosen, Approved Training Partner at PDCA Solutions, said: ‘I am humbled and honoured to receive this recognition for my body of work.'
Laure-Anne Mathieu, Global Food Audit Manager at Bureau Veritas Certification SAS, said: ‘At Bureau Veritas, we are proud to be recognised as BRCGS Certification Body of the Year 2022. Our large network of almost 200 auditors in 57 countries combines industry expertise with regulatory know-how to deliver audits and certification which help our clients to demonstrate food safety excellence throughout the supply chain. But we won’t stop there. As a global leader in the food industry, we are constantly evolving to make sure we can continue to support our clients in meeting their quality and safety challenges.'
Barbara Serra, Head of Technical Compliance at S.H. Pratt Group Ltd said: ‘For SH Pratt Bananas winning means the recognition of the hard work of all departments and teams to try to improve daily. Food Safety is a journey and we have just been recognised has been heading in the right direction in that journey. It made all employees have a feeling of pride and hopefully will enhance us to do even better in the future.'
Zahra Moosavi, Technologist at Waitrose said: ‘I am truly elated to have received the BRCGS Professional of the Year Award 2022!
The BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard has set the benchmark for over 20 years. It was the first standard to be GFSI benchmarked and has continued to evolve to meet changing demands and ensure consumer protection. Therefore, it is a real privilege to have my skills recognised by this leading global food safety brand.
I couldn’t recommend the BRCGS course highly enough. It not only provided guidance regarding product safety and quality, but also enhanced my knowledge regarding integrity and legality. Admittedly, gaining certification entailed a lot of hard work, particularly on top of work pressures, but the benefits certainly outweighed this. I now feel better equipped to deal with all aspects of food safety and the improvements in my technical skills have already allowed me to make effective improvements to manufacturing processes.
I would like to thank my employee, Waitrose, for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to undertake the course. I would also like to thank BRCGS- firstly for running the valuable course and secondly for giving me this award. I’m shocked (pleasantly) and very grateful!’
Leon Mol, Director Product Safety & Social Compliance at Ahold Delhaize said: 'I feel honored to be recognized by the BRCGS with the CEO of the year award. This for me shows the value of embedding assurance not only as part of a risk mitigation approach, but also as a fundamental piece for creating synergies and positive change. I am proud to be able to contribute to this development with BRCGS.’
BRCGS’ flagship conferences, Food Safety Europe and Food Safety Americas are run annually in their respective regions in order to bring together the sector and lead in the development of consumer and food safety.
The one-day conference in Europe delivers valuable insights and high-level, constructive knowledge share designed specifically to improve European food safety management in retail, food service and manufacturing environments.
Notes to Editors
At BRCGS, we champion the highest quality. Improving trust in supply chains, through rigorous application of our Standards, we deliver products and services with global relevance and industry expertise. BRCGS is the trusted validation that strengthens Brand, Reputation through Compliance.