DIT Student Wins First Prize in Food Safety Awards

DIT student Matthew Morris won first prize at the recent Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) annual colleges food safety competition. Matthew, who completed the BSc in Environmental Health in DIT Cathal Brugha Street in June 2007, won the top prize for his project, entitled 'Public access to food control data'.  The project investigated the issues surrounding the availability of official food control data to consumers.  In Matthew's study, the attitudes of food business operators, environmental health officers and consumers were assessed to determine how much access each stakeholder group thinks consumers are currently entitled to and how this should change in the future.  The study also aimed to compare the perceived impact of implementing a system whereby grade-cards/scores-on-doors are made available to members of the public, with an actual experience of doing so.  The study examined issues including the interrelationships between food laws, freedom of information and data protection laws.  Systems currently in use for giving members of the public access to official food control data were also examined.

Matthew Morris

Three other DIT students, Thomas O'Mahony, (BSc Environmental Health), Maria Killeen, (BSc Environmental Health) and Aine Higgins, (BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics) were finalists in the competition which is open to students of all colleges and universities in Ireland.

Ms Barbara Delaney, Programme Chairperson for the BSc in Environmental Health said, 'We're delighted with Matthew's success and with our three other finalists from DIT. The subject of Matthew's project, Public Access to Food Control, is highly topical and his study yielded interesting results. We're very proud of our record in this competition; this is the third time in recent years that a student of the BSc in Environmental Health has won this national competition.'

Further info at FSAI website: http://newsweaver.ie/fsai/e_article000896847.cfm?x=bbch52b,b1G41slP

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