New courses throw the spotlight on food safety, security and packaging


New courses throw the spotlight on food safety, security and packaging

Organisations and individuals working in the food supply chain will be able to tap into new advances and expertise in food and drink packaging, thanks to a new course developed by the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI), a joint venture between Newcastle University and Fera Science Ltd (Fera).

The part-time (24 month) Food Packaging PG Cert course, starting at Newcastle University in September, and the short Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course, ‘Current Issues in Food Safety, Security and Packaging’, which will run for three days from Tuesday 18th September to 20th Thursday September 2018 will focus on current issues in food safety, security and packaging.

New Courses

The courses will help packaging technologists and developers, production supervisors and organisations or individuals working on food packaging projects to develop knowledge of current and novel materials used for food and beverage packaging and analytical procedures for quality control and regulatory compliance as well as helping them to gain an understanding of the drivers for sustainability and circular economy.

Candidates will gain valuable insight into recent advances in science and technology that have applications to food and drink packaging. The three day course will include an assessment and can provide the foundation for further study, leading to the award of PG Cert in Food Packaging. Candidates not wishing to undertake further study (distance learning) and formal assessment can choose to attend the first two days of the course. If successful in the assessment candidates will receive transferable academic credits (CAT points) that can contribute to future qualifications.

The courses will include presentations from key industry figures in packaging safety and regulation.

Find Out More About Our IAFRI Partnership

Fera is applying its internationally recognised scientific expertise – supported by extensive facilities – to tackle food industry challenges. It has specialisms across food integrity, crop health, next generation diagnostics and sustainable agri-food systems. Formerly the Food and Environment Research Agency, Fera employs 300 scientists at the National Agri-food Innovation Campus near York. Fera is a private and public sector joint venture which innovates and develops good, translational science that will protect and enhance food, plant, animal and environmental quality. The aim of the IAFRI partnership is to deliver innovation in research across the agri-food supply chain, and provide sustainable solutions to problems facing Fera’s diverse customer base in both the agricultural and food sectors.

IAFRI represents a new model for the way universities can work with commercial research organisations, operating under a private-public ownership approach to deliver both innovation and wealth creation in strategically important industrial sectors in the UK, while operating for the benefit of society. IAFRI is based at Fera at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus and at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle University and on its two research farms (Nafferton and Cockle Park) in Northumberland.

Those interested in the courses are invited to book their place or express their interest to learn more - click the links below.

PG Certificate

PG Certificate

The PG Certificate consists of three modules: current issues in food safety, security and packaging, food packaging interactions and food packaging and sustainability. The modules will include presentations from key industry figures in packaging safety and regulation. Industrial case studies will be used to present the strategies and solutions to current issues, helping you gain a deeper insight into the application of how theory and practice meet in real world scenarios.

PG Cert

CPD Courses on Food Packaging

These courses cover the latest developments in food packaging and its impact on society and the environment. They also examine the legal and regulatory framework relating to packaging material use and disposal and the circular economy. You can attend the first two days of each course as a CPD delegate.

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Futurepack Event - Thu 4 October 2018

Futurepack brings together leading experts from the packaging industry, major ecommerce players and retailers, brands to bring about positive change. By discussing the future of the industry and providing timely insight on how to identify and achieve growth in the packaging industry it is the forum where innovation connects with and protects the environment.


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