Food Safety Manager NZGAP
Damien is the NZGAP (New Zealand Good Agricultural Practice) and Food Safety manager at Horticulture New Zealand. NZGAP is owned by Horticulture New Zealand, and benchmarked to the universally recognised GLOBALG.A.P. scheme. The scheme provides assurance for the safe and sustainable production of fruit and vegetables in NZ, and is an integrated assurance system with Social Practice and Environmental modules, however, the core focus continues to be Food Safety.
With his Food Safety hat on, Damien is the key industry contact with the NZ Ministry for Primary Industries for food safety policy, and implementation (e.g. Food Act 2014) and is a member of numerous food safety forums, working groups and research groups.