Upcoming events

    • 25 Mar 2020
    • 8 Apr 2020
    • 3 sessions

    The Virtual Lunch Room


    A Weekly Forum Sharing Perspectives on the Future of Food

    If your lunchroom has been temporarily deserted, and your professional development calendar disrupted, join Sharon Natoli and her guests in The Virtual Lunch Room every Wednesday at 12.30pm, commencing 25th March.  

    Each week Sharon will interview an expert guest to find out how Australia's food sector is tracking when it comes to creating a more sustainable future through food and innovation.

    Bring your lunch, settle in, listen and contribute as much or as little as you like to the discussion as areas such as consumption, innovation, farming, trends and developments relevant to the local, national and global food sector are covered.

    Format: The Virtual Lunch Room will be held on Zoom meetings.

    To register for each, or all three, please do directly via Sharons Website

    HERE  https://www.sharonnatoli.com/upcoming-events

    The program to date:

    25th March 2020: Featuring Dr Denise Hamblin discussing consumers changing social values. 

    1st April 2020: Featuring Marc Noyce, CEO of Biofilta and Director of Melbourne SkyFarm discussing urban farming.

    8th April 2020: Emma Coath, Managing Director of Rocket Seeder discussing start ups and innovation.


    • 30 Mar 2020
    • 12:30 PM
    • Via Zoom.us
    Register

    Technical Webinar: COVID- 19 

    How to deal with such an Un-chosen Change


    With the virus impacting the world, we are facing very uncertain and challenging times. It is a time to reconsider how we work, how we interact, how we live our lives and even how we think about the future.

    In terms of change it will have a massive impact on us as individuals, for our families, our communities and our businesses. COVID-19 is definitely an unchosen change for all of us, creating a myriad of reactions and emotions. 

    In this webinar, Tracy will share the five stages of Unchosen Change, linking these to COVID 19. The five stages reflect the stages of the grief cycle, with each stage having a different set of emotional responses which affect our capacity to effectively problem solve and make decisions.

    Tracy will then share practical strategies of what you can do right now to help yourself, your teams and your families to work through this unchosen change and build resilience in these uncertain times.   

       Time Zones:

       12.30pm NSW/ VIC/ ACT/ TAS

       11.30am QLD

       12.00pm SA

        9.30am WA

        2.30pm NZ

    Presenter: Tracy Cooper

    Tracy Cooper has a passion for change.  She is a facilitator and change management specialist, who combines theory and a proven practical approach to support leaders and teams to enhance their performance, develop strategy and lead change within their businesses.

    As co- founder and Director of SeeChange Consulting, Tracy has been helping businesses navigate change successfully for 19 years in the food, financial services, agribusiness, local government and not for profit sectors. She is a firm believer it’s not ‘what’ we change in business, it’s ‘how’ we do it that is the key to success.

    If you are unable to attend the webinar at the live viewing time you will be sent a link to the view the recording at a later time.

    • 2 Apr 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC+08:00)
    • Webinar
    Register

    WEBINAR

    While we had to cancel the on-premises event due to COVID-19, the joint DIAA-AIFST-WA DPIRD professional workshop will now be run as a webinar, giving members access to this interesting information. 

    International research has highlighted that having a “clean label” is not a trend. It’s become the “new norm”, with many consumers willing to pay more for food & drink products made with ingredients they recognise and trust. Understanding “clean labels” has become more important than ever. 

    Presentations will include innovations, cultures, stabilising systems, marketing insights and more.

    PRESENTERS:  coming soon

    Tickets:

    AIFST/DIAA Members: $5

    Non-Members: $20

    Please note, as this event is being held in WA the start times for other states will be:

    7:00pm NSW/ VIC/ TAS

    6:00pm QLD

    6:30pm SA

    Not an AIFST member? Join online today


    • 3 Apr 2020
    • 12:30 PM
    Register

    Webinar #2

    Topic: Country of Origin (Section 2.2)

    Date: Friday April 3

    Time: 12.30pm AEDT

    Presenter: Fiona Fleming (PIF Manager)

    Overview

    PIF V6.0 treats country of origin labelling very differently from PIF v5 due to the changes in the regulations relating to this declaration and the information required.

    This webinar will review how CoOL information is treated in PIF V6.0.


    • 6 Apr 2020
    • 12:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
    Register

    Date: Monday April 6th 2020 

    Name: Food Security in the Novel World

    Presenter: Dr Andreas Klieber, QAPartners

    Overview:

    Coronavirus – Coronavirus has seen the dismantling of global food systems not seen since WW2. It raises serious questions regarding the preparedness of Australia to deal with this black swan event. The session will discuss the impact of coronavirus on current food processing and poses some questions for future business continuity planning in the Australian food industry.

    Time Zones:

       12.30pm NSW/ VIC/ ACT/ TAS

       11.30am QLD

       12.00pm SA

        9.30am WA

        2.30pm NZ

    If you are unable to attend the webinar at the live viewing time you will be sent a link to the view the recording at a later time.

    • 21 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 649 Bridge Rd Richmond VIC 3121 Australia
    Register

    Food labels can provide a wide range of information to help consumers make food choices, whether these are based on personal preferences or the need to avoid certain ingredients or types of foods. Food labels also help to protect public health and safety by providing information on allergens present to enable consumers with food allergy to avoid these foods.  Evidently, food labelling is so much more than ingredient lists and nutrition panels.  

     

    Presented by Chris Preston, this full-day training explores the full gamut of issues arising from food labelling, including...

    • mandatory labelling tips and tricks, including trade measurement and origin labelling compliance;

    • getting allergen labelling right and avoiding the number one cause of food recalls;
    • the use and abuse of health claims;
    • Australian Consumer Law compliance;
    • data requirements, sources and retention;
    • identifying and managing labelling risk situations and risk factors.

     

    The focus throughout will be on the practical application of knowledge to workplace realities.

     

    Who should attend?

    Food professionals and business owners working in a regulatory role or quality assurance and control and marketing personnel, all needing to understand the regulatory system within which they must operate.

     

    Join this Food Labelling Masterclass to get the latest insights! 

     

    A bit about the presenter...

    Chris Preston
    Principal Legal Advisor
    ComplyANZ

    Chris Preston has over 30 years of experience providing legal advice and services to manufacturers and brand owners regarding the regulatory regimes governing food, beverages, cosmetics, OTC pharmaceuticals and general consumer goods. He served as Director, Legal and Regulatory with the Australian Food and Grocery Council, and has advised multinational and domestic clients of all sizes in over 15 years of private legal practice. While it could be said he has seen it all, he is the first to acknowledge that the food industry always brings new and intriguing challenges.

     

    Key expertise:
    • Food Policy and Regulation
    • NPD, Formulation and Ingredients
    • Training and Development

     

     

    Tickets:

    Student Members: $100.00
    Student Non-Members: $165.00

    Members: $200.00

    Non-Member: $325.00

     

    Not a member? Join online today!


    • 1 May 2020
    • Via Zoom.us
    Register


    Join AIFST and Gary Kennedy for the second in our webinar series about COVID-19 and the implications for the food industry. 

    Please note - This webinar has already taken place and you will be sent a link to access the video recording. 

    Gary Kennedy is a Fellow of AIFST and a co-author of the AIFST Blue Book. He speaks regularly on the media regarding food safety, including a regular spot ”What the Food” with James Valentine on ABC Sydney radio.

    The webinar covers aspects including:

    • Eating out in restaurants and pubs
    • Workplace cafeterias and canteens        
    • Caring for someone in the home when they have COVID19 and you don’t
    • Caring for someone in the home when you have COVID19 and they don’t

    Please note - This webinar has already taken place and you will be sent a link to access the video recording 

    • 1 May 2020
    • via Zoom.us
    Register

    AIFST Webinar - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – should food businesses and consumers be worried?

    Please note - This webinar has already taken place and you will be sent a link to access the video recording. 


    Join AIFST for a webinar about COVID-19 and the implications for the food industry.  Our two presenters will provide some insights into the current situation followed by a Q & A.

    1.       Dr Craig Shadbolt, Principal Food Safety Scientist, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Biosecurity & Food Safety
    2.       Cathy Moir, Senior Food Microbiology Consultant, CSIRO Agriculture and Food.    

    The detection and spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (now given the name COVID-19 by the World Health Organization) has dominated the media for some weeks and public interest shows no sign of slowing down.

    Please note - This webinar has already taken place and you be be sent a link to watch the video recording, once you purchase the registration.

    • 5 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 11 Julius Avenue North Ryde NSW 2113 Australia
    Register

    Food labels can provide a wide range of information to help consumers make food choices, whether these are based on personal preferences or the need to avoid certain ingredients or types of foods. Food labels also help to protect public health and safety by providing information on allergens present to enable consumers with food allergy to avoid these foods.  Evidently, food labelling is so much more than ingredient lists and nutrition panels.  

    Presented by Chris Preston, this full-day training explores the full gamut of issues arising from food labelling, including...

    • mandatory labelling tips and tricks, including trade measurement and origin labelling compliance;

    • getting allergen labelling right and avoiding the number one cause of food recalls;
    • the use and abuse of health claims;
    • Australian Consumer Law compliance;
    • data requirements, sources and retention;
    • identifying and managing labelling risk situations and risk factors.

    The focus throughout will be on the practical application of knowledge to workplace realities.

    Who should attend?

    Food professionals and business owners working in a regulatory role or quality assurance and control and marketing personnel, all needing to understand the regulatory system within which they must operate.

    Join this Food Labelling Masterclass to get the latest insights! 

    A bit about the presenter...

    Chris Preston
    Principal Legal Advisor
    ComplyANZ

    Chris Preston has over 30 years of experience providing legal advice and services to manufacturers and brand owners regarding the regulatory regimes governing food, beverages, cosmetics, OTC pharmaceuticals and general consumer goods. He served as Director, Legal and Regulatory with the Australian Food and Grocery Council, and has advised multinational and domestic clients of all sizes in over 15 years of private legal practice. While it could be said he has seen it all, he is the first to acknowledge that the food industry always brings new and intriguing challenges.

    Key expertise:
    • Food Policy and Regulation
    • NPD, Formulation and Ingredients
    • Training and Development

    Tickets:

    Student Members: $100.00
    Student Non-Members: $165.00

    Members: $200.00

    Non-Member: $325.00


    • 7 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 20
    Register

    INTERACTIVE WEBINAR - Food Recall Workshop

    Having policies and procedures in place for a food or beverage product recall is one thing, executing them is another.

    AIFST is pleased to be hosting a comprehensive workshop to help you develop the skills necessary to implement a program to evaluate and test the recall policies and procedures in place in your business.

    This workshop will help you to understand how even the simplest oversights can derail an otherwise sound procedure. You will learn to evaluate the who, what, where, when and why of recalls and how a properly handled recall not only effectively protects the consumer, but also allows for the public image of a company to improve.


    Find out:

    - How to maintain a recall plan that is relevant to your business

    - That a mock recall is more than just a traceability exercise

    - Whether you have the resources to manage a recall

    - The common pitfalls of recall execution

    - What to look for in a product recall insurance policy


    The workshop will feature a recall simulation exercise designed to challenge and provide opportunities to learn.

    This workshop is suitable for food and beverage business owners, Managers, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Managers, Technical Managers, Food Recall Coordinators and Recall team members.

    Presenters:

    Fiona Fleming - AIFST

    Fiona is Managing Director of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). She is an experienced Corporate and Regulatory Affairs professional who has been involved in leading and facilitating change and developing management strategies across a portfolio of food policy and regulatory matters in global FMCG and NGO environments.

    Fiona has more than 30 years’ experience in the food industry in the areas of dairy, seafood, cereal-based foods, smallgoods, tea, simmer sauces and pastes, ingredients and infant formula. 

    Peter McGee - Victual 

    Victual are market leaders in the delivery of tailored risk management strategies for the unique risks faced by the food industry, and will lead the workshop team, which includes experts in product recall preparedness, public relations, policy and regulation, risk management and product recall insurance.

     

    Peter has twenty years’ experience in the risk and insurance industries. He has multiple post-graduate qualifications that combine to provide a unique knowledge base of technical risk understanding complemented with commercial business acumen.

    Andrew Brown, GS1 Australia (MBA)

    Andrew is an expert in the management of product recalls and withdrawals. For the past seven years, Andrew has provided specialist advice for product safety professionals enabling them to plan and implement an efficient product recall management system.

     

    He played a key role in the development and adoption of the GS1 Australia Recall portal, currently used by 700 Australian companies across the food, general merchandise and health industries.


    Tickets:

    AIFST Members: $95.00

    Student/Graduate Members: $55.00

    Non-Members: $160.00

     

    Not a member? Join online today!


    • 8 May 2020
    • 12:30 PM
    Register

    Webinar #3

    Topic: Allergen information (Section 3.2)

    Date: Friday May 8th

    Time: 12.30pm AEDT

    Presenter: Fiona Fleming (PIF Manager)

    Overview

    The Code requires the presence of specified foods that may cause adverse allergic reactions to be declared on food labels.  These substances are commonly referred to as allergens.

    The list of foods that may cause severe adverse reactions and must always be declared on food labels is contained in Standard 1.2.3 Clause 1.2.3-4.

    PIF V6.0 collects allergen information about products to support the requirements for allergen declarations and risk assessment for cross contact allergens.

    This webinar will review how allergen information is collected in PIF V6.0.


    • 20 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 11 Julius Avenue North Ryde NSW 2113 Australia
    Register

    Notice is hereby given that the 2020 AIFST Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be open for sign in at 5:00pm, Wednesday 20 May 2020 North Ryde's CSIRO building, with the meeting scheduled to commence at 5:30pm.

     

    The AGM is open to all members of AIFST.

     

    RSVP to attend the AGM by emailing aifst@aifst.com.au or calling 0447 066 324 by 4:00pm of that day.

     

    Members who are unable to attend the meeting will have access to an online conference call. Details regarding call ins will be distributed closer to the date. 


    • 1 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+08:00)
    • Auditorium and Foyer Building 500 Chemistry South Campus Curtin University Kent Street Bently WA 6102 Australia
    Register

    Hear from food industry experts on their experience of working in the food industry and what they expect from job applicants.

    Speakers on the night:

    Justin Whitely, Compass Group on AIFST

    Stuart Johnson , General Manager Vesco Foods

    Samantha Fewster, Food Technologist, Quality Produce International

    Wendy Hunt, Grain Quality Laboratory Manager & Australia Export Grains Innovation Centre

    Following after the presentations there will be a networking session.

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