As a food safety professional, my journey has been filled with a constant pursuit of knowledge, growth, and meaningful connections. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of travelling, engaging with partners and colleagues, and navigating the complexities of our industry. Looking back, I’m struck by the profound impact these experiences have had on my personal and professional development.

One of the most significant aspects of my journey has been the opportunity to travel. Whether it’s attending industry conferences, visiting production facilities, or collaborating with international teams, each trip has been a chance to expand my horizons and gain new perspectives. Stepping out of my comfort zone has allowed me to embrace moments of uncertainty and challenge, ultimately leading to a deeper understanding of the global landscape of food safety.

These encounters have not only broadened my knowledge but have also shaped my decision-making process, as I strive to find innovative solutions that can be tailored to the unique needs of different regions and communities.

Alongside the excitement of travel, I’ve also experienced moments of personal growth and self-discovery. Navigating the challenges of our industry, from navigating regulatory changes to addressing complex food safety issues, has required me to continuously adapt and evolve. Through these experiences, I’ve learned to embrace uncertainty, think critically, and collaborate effectively with my partners and colleagues.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my journey has been the opportunity to build meaningful connections with food safety professionals. Whether it’s exchanging best practices, troubleshooting challenges, or simply sharing a meal and a laugh, these interactions have been invaluable. I’ve been humbled by the generosity and support of my peers, who have generously shared their knowledge, insights, and perspectives, helping me to grow and develop as a professional.

As I reflect on my journey, I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude. I am grateful for the opportunities to travel, to learn, and to grow. I am grateful for the support and guidance of my partners and colleagues, who have been instrumental in shaping my career and my understanding of the industry. I am grateful for the chance to be a part of this dynamic and ever-evolving field, where the pursuit of food safety is a shared mission that transcends borders and cultures.

I know that the road ahead may not always be easy, and can be nerve-wracking. After all, I knew I could achieve more and help food businesses build sustainable food safety practices.

I never dreamt of going so far but fate led me to where I am.

Author: Felicia
Felicia Loo is a Certified Food Scientist and registered SQF Consultant, focused on assisting food business to obtain food business license, achieving effective food safety management system and automate food safety system.