Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)


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About the Course


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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

Objectives and Outline


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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.

Further Information


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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


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Fees


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