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PD for Food Technology and Science Teachers

2 April, 2019

The Massey University School of Food and Advanced Technology is running a one day course for food technology and science teachers who are supervising students doing the 2019 NZIFST/CREST Food Innovation Challenge.

The course will provide an introduction to the Product Development Process used by the food processing industry, and provide teachers with other information which will assist their students through the Challenge.

Food technology and science teachers from schools which are not involved in the 2019 Challenge, but would like to attend the professional development, are also welcome to attend, for $120+GST

 The course will include:

  • An overview of the Product Development Process used by the food processing industry.
  • Labelling foods in compliance with the Food Standards Code. The session will include practical exercises and highlight recent changes to the Code.
  • Where to find regulations about nutritional and health claims; use of the nutrition information panel calculator; interpretation of nutrition information panels and how to write them; how to calculate and interpret Health Star ratings. 
  • How to write ingredient listings, including characterising ingredients; allergen declarations.
  • Where to find food standards for specific products, e.g. dairy products. 
  • Introduction to functional ingredients commonly used in the food processing industry, including a practical activity in the laboratory. The session will be presented by Steve Glasgow, formerly a science teacher, who was involved in the development of the Massey MUFTi resources for science and technology teachers.  
  • An introduction to the physical (e.g. temperature control, water activity, pH) and chemical (e.g. ingredients) methods used to produce safe food, and guidance re use of the risk assessment forms we ask you to use.
  • Tour of the School, for those interested.


When: Tuesday 2 April, 8.30am – 4.30pm


  • Auckland: School of Food and Advanced Technology, Massey University Albany
  • Palmerston North: School of Food and Advanced Technology, Massey University Palmerston North


The two venues will be linked by video conference

The course is limited to the first 25 participants in Auckland and 40 participants in Palmerston North, so you must register to attend. 

To register, please use this Registration form.