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Queen’s Launches Joint e-Learning Initiative with Waters Corporation to Tackle Food Fraud

14/09/2017


An exciting new partnership has been launched between The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast and multinational company Waters Corporation to promote food safety at a global level.

Waters Corporation will sponsor professionals in the food industry to undertake an online Masters in food safety at IGFS, ranked number one for research intensity in the UK for food science

Analytical laboratory instrument and software company Waters Corporation is a member of the Governing Council of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP), an innovative, public-private initiative dedicated to supporting and promoting global cooperation for food safety capacity building. Through this membership, Waters Corporation have come together with the IGFS at Queen’s to run a joint initiative to increase the capacity of food safety professionals to ensure and deliver safe, sustainable and authentic food to the world’s growing population.

IGFS will run its first online distance learning postgraduate programme enabling professionals in the food industry around the world the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge in food safety, food fraud and food legislation.

Dr Mark Mooney, Programme Coordinator said: “Food safety is a global challenge and this course offers professionals the chance to learn remotely on a part-time basis from renowned experts to increase their knowledge of the threats to feed and food compromising food security, and also about the techniques and methods which can be used to confirm food safety and integrity. Industrial partnerships with companies such as Waters Corporation highlight the benefits of working together to address this global issue.”

Having successfully completed an intensive selection process, two employees from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) are the first beneficiaries of the programme and will begin the Masters in Global Food Security from their home country. Dr Paul Young, Senior Director of Government Affairs at Waters Corporation, said: “We are delighted to be working with the IGFS, through supporting professionals to increase their knowledge in the area of food safety. We believe that building a base of qualified food safety professionals in countries through programmes like this is an essential step towards sustainability.” 

Professor Chris Elliott, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Queen’s University commented: “Food safety is a global challenge that should be addressed at a global level. We gratefully welcome sponsorship by companies such Waters Corporation to help train future leaders in food safety across the world on our leading e-learning programmes.”

Lystra N. Antoine, CEO of the Global Food Safety Partnership added: “Supporting and promoting cooperation for food safety capacity building, especially in emerging economies worldwide is at the heart of our mission and trainings like these, as supported by Waters Corporation, are critical to improving public health, facilitating market access, and enhancing food security across the globe.”

The course is currently accepting applications for October 2017 and February 2018 start dates. To find out more details and how to apply visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/OnlineGlobalFood.

Media enquiries to Suzanne Lagan suzanne.lagan@qub.ac.uk or +44 28 9097 5292

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