Safe Food Services Ltd was founded in April 2016 by Karen Perry, who brings over 20 years of food industry experience in customer and regulatory compliance, audit and inspection and facilitated training roles.
Following the successful completion of her education within the United Kingdom (UK), in Food Technology, Food Marketing and Business Management (Higher National Diploma, Bachelor of Science (Honours)), Karen commenced her food industry career as a laboratory technician in an ice-cream manufacturer compliant to ISO 9001. This initial introduction to a documented Quality Management System placed Karen on a path of customer and regulatory compliance.
Prior to relocating to New Zealand (NZ), Karen gained domestic and international food industry experience through several food sectors and roles. Whether working in a dairy (ice-cream, dairy desserts), manufacture of prepared meals (pizza, bagels), meats (small goods), fresh produce (primary, secondary processor and distributor), one of Karen’s main responsibilities was auditing of internal Quality and Food Safety Management Systems and those of their suppliers in accordance with regulatory, company, customer codes of practice and quality standards.
Following the birth of her second child, Karen commenced her NZ food industry career with Asurequality Ltd as a Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) approved Compliance Auditor and facilitator of training in key industry standards (HACCP, Auditing Skills, Food Safety).
Since the new introduction of the Food Act 2014, Karen transitioned to an approved verifier of risk-based measures, an evaluator of Customer Food Control Plans, an MPI peer reviewer of verifiers and the founder of Safe Food Services Ltd.
Karen’s unique position as an evaluator and verifier of risk-based measures allows her to create relatable training material which is aligned with the Food Act 2014 and associated legislation. Her enthusiasm, energy and creative ways of delivering food legislation has been positively received by those who have attended her workshops and online courses.