Centre welcomes PPE supplier, Eagle Protect, and The FoodBowl
Director of the Centre, Dr Catherine McLeod, is pleased to welcome two very interesting new members into the food safety science fold:
Eagle Protect, with offices in Christchurch and the US, is a supplier of personal protective equipment (now universally known as PPE) and hygiene supplies, primarily gloves, masks, and clothing. The Company was founded over fourteen years ago, and now supplies most of New Zealand's major primary food-processing companies’ in addition to the medical and industrial sectors in New Zealand. They are “proud to be the world’s only certified B Corporation disposable glove and clothing specialist”, which attests to the quality and ethical sourcing of their products from overseas factories. Needless to say, Covid-19 has seen a considerable increase in demand for their products. The Centre will partner with Eagle Protect to provide technical support and advice about the right level of PPE for different harvesting and processing situations to reduce the risk of bacterial or viral infections and product contamination in the food supply chain.
The FoodBowl is part of the NZ Food Innovation Network ; an open access, Government-supported manufacturing facility that provides a suite of resources to help businesses of all sizes to develop, commercialise and export their F&B products. They offer a range of continuing education programmes in business strategy and sustainability, as well as exporting and marketing. Their service includes access to an ‘Expertise Bank’ of technologists, scientists, consultants, packaging and equipment suppliers and funding experts. This comprehensive support helps reduce the risk associated with export, equipment and infrastructure investment decisions.
The FoodBowl holds an export licence for dairy, meat, seafood and most other categories so that clients can start selling directly from the facility. The Centre looks forward to providing support to FoodBowl clients to add assurance about the safety of the new products they design and/or develop as prototypes at the pilot plant.