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BSI auditor receives international seafood auditing award

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A leading food auditor at BSI Group was recently recognised by the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI).

Clare Winkel was honoured with an Award for Special Recognition of Services to the Seafood Industry. The Award was one of four presented at the IAFI’s bi-annual meeting, based on nominations received by the board from industry.

Clare’s outstanding work in raising standards for the seafood industry was recognised in nominations from the Sydney Fish Market and Marine Institute, Newfoundland, and was supported by the Canadian Fishing Company, Seafood Products Association (USA), the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre, Humber Seafood Institute (UK), NOAA Seafood Inspection Program (USA) and the Centre for Aquaculture & Seafood Development.

According to Chris Leftwich, President of IAFI and Head of the Fishmongers Guild of the City of London, the letters of support were extremely effusive and complimentary about Clare’s work over the years as an auditor and trainer.

Clare began her career as a Training Officer with AUSMEAT, and moved into food safety programs with NCSI in 2004. In addition to conducting food safety audits in Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, UK and Holland, Clare was instrumental in the Seafood CRC project for the Development of the Australian Seafood Manufacturing Scheme within the Retail Transformation Project in 2010.

Clare frequently gives presentations on food safety, auditing and international matters, which Kate Abraham of the Canadian Fishing Company describes as ‘sensible, down to earth and practical’. In her letter of support for the award, Kate explains Clare not only appreciates and collects examples of best practice, but is always willing to share them, becoming a driving force in raising standards and helping companies achieve GFSI certifications.

Clare has been based in Portland, Oregon since 2013, working between the USA and Australia as an International Verification Auditor for BSI incorporating NCS International since 2009. 

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