FDF Awards 2014 - Food & Drink Scientist
Andy Walker – Premier Foods
Andy is Company Microbiologist for Premier Foods. He has worked in every sector
of the food industry from chilled, frozen, ambient, fresh produce, and
expertise in using control strategies for these foods and manufacturing
environments. His role includes risk assessment as well as support to risk
for Premier Foods supply chain.
Andy has over 20 years' experience of applying microbiology within the food
industry and has gained a wealth of knowledge in processes, recipe effects,
design and environmental controls.
Andy shows a strong practical approach to problem solving and an understanding
of risk in context. He is an advocate of avoiding disproportional responses to
identified risk. The essential function is to identify a way to achieve the
required output safely and to effectively communicate this in order to achieve
in of all involved.
Andy is an active member of the FDF Food Hygiene Committee, a member of the IFST
and sits on a number of their Working Groups. He has been Deputy Chair of the
Campden BRI Frozen and Chilled Foods Panel and is an active member of the FDF
Andy is recognised by the major retailers and food suppliers as a significant
contributor within his field and is highly regarded by stakeholders. As an
in industrial microbiology he has assisted customers and stakeholders
the supply chain in understanding complex interactions and has successfully
aided them in managing such issues.
Andy is a passionate and dedicated microbiologist. He sets exemplary standards
and never compromises his scientific integrity-he is passionate about ensuring
that food safety is our primary consideration at all times.