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New food safety program at Marine Institute

By Naomi Osborne

This fall, graduate students were provided a bit more variety in postgraduate certificate programs offered at the Marine Institute (MI).

MI's School of Fisheries has launched its second of three new postgraduate certificate programs: a postgraduate certificate in food safety.

"With the success of the first postgraduate certificate in quality management, we have introduced a new postgraduate certificate in food safety as an example of MI's commitment to provide a greater range of technical professional development and continuing education choices for our students," said Carey Bonnell, head of MI's School of Fisheries.

This new theory-based program has been developed for complete online delivery. The program consists of four courses, including one required course and three electives chosen from an approved list.

"This program is readily accessible to individuals working in various industries who may wish to expand on their knowledge in the areas of food safety from the convenience of their home or office," said Craig Parsons, director, Community Based Education Delivery (CBED), at the Marine Institute.

The program is designed for professionals already working in the food sector or mid-career professionals considering entering the food sector for the first time. It has been created to allow registered students who work full-time the ability to complete the program in one academic year.

The program's objective is to advance students by providing them with the skills to apply factors affecting food safety and food safety systems essential for the production and distribution of safe food intended for human consumption.  Through this program students will develop an understanding of how food safety principles can be applied to their particular area of industry.

"Food safety issues are growing in importance, particularity as it relates to global food security and our graduates will be well positioned to excel in this environment," said Mr. Bonnell.

All postgraduate certificate programs at MI consist of a number of required and elective course offerings. The following courses were made available via the web in September: Introduction to Food Safety, Quality Management, Quality Assurance in the Food Industry, Introduction to Process Control and ISO Management Systems.

Students with a bachelor degree, diploma of technology or a combination of work experience and formal education can apply for admission to the program.
Visit www.mi.mun.ca/pgcfoodsafety for more information on the new postgraduate certificate in food safety.

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