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Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)


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About the Course

Current Issues in Food Safety, Security and Packaging

This course is under development and not yet approved, or is no longer delivered.

This course explores the current issues in food safety, security and packaging. This includes the impact of packaging on the security, safety and quality of food and the sustainability of the food supply chain.

You'll gain knowledge and understanding of recent advances in science and technology that have applications to food and drink packaging. This will enable you to critically evaluate the potential benefits of these advances when applied to packaging. This will include the impact of their application on food and drink packaging performance in relation to areas such as:

  • product losses through spoilage, contamination or physical damage
  • shelf life extension
  • consumer acceptance, engagement and interaction
  • environmental impact
  • health impact
  • maintenance of supply chain integrity and fraud control

You'll develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • current and novel materials used for food and beverage packaging
  • analytical procedures for quality control and regulatory compliance
  • smart and intelligent packaging solutions
  • evaluation of consumer interaction and engagement
  • drivers for sustainability and circular economy

What skills are developed?

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • assess and analyse the main risks to consumer health and environmental quality
  • identify and apply potential solutions to contemporary issues in food and beverage packaging
  • critically reflect on the implementation of new knowledge and skills

Who is the course aimed at?

  • packaging technologists
  • production supervisors
  • packaging developers
  • those wanting to undertake food packaging projects

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.

Course dates

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

This course can provide the foundation for further study, leading to the award of PGCert 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.
In association with:
In association with fera Current Issues in Food Safety, Security and Packaging in association with fera

Objectives and Outline

Current Issues in Food Safety, Security and Packaging

Course Objectives

By the end of the module, students will have acquired detailed knowledge and thorough understanding of:

  • recent advances in packaging materials and evaluation of their suitability for food and drink packaging applications
  • the circular economy concept and requirements for innovation in food and drink packaging
  • the potential role of smart and intelligent packaging to ensure food safety, quality and consumer health
  • the contribution of packaging to supply chain integrity and food security and strategies to reduce or prevent fraud or product interference
  • the potential contributions of recent advances in science and technology to minimise the environmental impact of food and beverage packaging and improve sustainability
  • potential impacts of regulatory policy on packaging material use for food and drink packaging
  • procedures to determine consumer acceptance and engagement with packaging
  • potential risks and benefits derived from replacement of conventional oil-derived polymers with novel materials for food and drink packaging

Course Outline

Illustrative content includes:

  1. The concept of food security and the contribution of packaging
  2. Packaging materials and sustainability: biopolymers and novel plastics
  3. Food supply chain integrity, traceability and fraud control
  4. Active and intelligent packaging: novel barrier materials and smart labels
  5. Introduction to the regulatory framework environment for food contact materials
  6. Waste minimisation and the concepts of the circular economy
  7. Evaluation of food contact materials and potential new risks and health impacts
  8. Analysis procedures for food contact materials to ensure regulatory compliance
  9. Exploitation of agri-food waste for packaging solutions
  10. Introduction to packaging nanomaterials

The course 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.

In association with:
In association with fera Current Issues in Food Safety, Security and Packaging in association with fera
Course dates

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

This course can provide the foundation for further study, leading to the award of PGCert 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.

Further Information

Current Issues in Food Safety, Security and Packaging

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code ACE8130) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Industry visit

If you register to be formally assessed, Day 3 includes an industry visit. The aim of this visit is to see how a solution or innovation has been implemented or developed.

Assessment

Candidates not wishing to undertake further study (distance learning) and formal assessment can choose to attend the first two days of the course. The assessment will consist of a 4,000 word report.

Location

The course will be delivered at The Core, Newcastle University.

Course Materials

During the course, you will be able to access course materials electronically using the University Wifi. We suggest that you bring a laptop or tablet with PDF viewer if you wish to refer to the notes during the course. Please ensure that you make sure your electronic device is fully charged, as access to charging points may be limited within the lecture rooms.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Presenters

Current Issues in Food Safety, Security and Packaging

Presenters

Newcastle University
Industry Professionals
  • To be confirmed
Academic Professionals
  • To be confirmed

Fees

Current Issues in Food Safety, Security and Packaging

Fees

  • Current Issues in Food Safety, Security and Packaging
    • £1133 (duration 3 days)
      • This fee includes accreditation of 20 credits (10 ECTS credits).
  • If you wish to attend the two day course without undertaking further study and formal assessment, the fee is £750.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.