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FoodGrads Podcast

Sep 19, 2023

On today’s episode we are talking about growing a career in food safety,what a day in the life of a FSQA Coordinator/Supervisor looks like and skills recommended to do well in food safety.

Our guest today is Neha Mehta, Food Safety Quality Assurance Compliance Coordinator/Supervisor at Maple Leaf Foods. Maple Leaf Foods is leading consumer protein company, making high-quality, innovative products under national brands including Maple Leaf, Scheiders and Lightlife.

Neha Mehta graduated from Centennial College and after graduation she has worked both as a QA technician and Quality Assurance Supervisor. Through out her career Neha has learned to be a master of all traders and find solutions whenever an obstacle is encountered. She is now passing on those teachings through her passion of growing and developing fresh graduates into strong quality professionals.


This episode of the podcast is supported by CareersNow! CareersNow! is Food and Beverage Ontario’s multi-year workforce development initiative that is connecting students and job seekers with employers in Ontario’s food and beverage processing industry for exciting career opportunities. Check out for more information on exciting jobs, career information, industry mentors and training opportunities for professional development.

This episode of the podcast is brought to you by our Education Partner by Centennial College. Over the past 50 year's, Centennial College has transformed itself from a local community college to a worldly institution, with a presence in countries like China, India, South Korea and Brazil. No matter who you are, or where you're from, your journey to success can start at Centennial College.


[0:40] Neha introduction
[1:53] Why Neha decided to go into food safety
[3:07] Some of the things that Neha did to grow her career in food safety
[5:15] Certifications that food safety companies look for and how to obtain them
[8:07] Skills that have been essential to Neha moving up in food safety
[11:57] Different approaches to addressing food safety concerns
[15:10] Different work cultures in different food processing facilities
[16:26] What Neha does as a compliance coordinator
[22:52] How Neha has picked up learned the technical knowledge required for her job
[25:44]Skills which have essential for Neha’s career. What skills she would recommend for students who are thinking or going into food safety
[31:00] Automation in food safety
[36:04] LinkedIn for food safety
[37:15] Principles that guide Neha

Neha's LinkedIn

Maple Leaf Foods

NSF Training
LinkedIn Training Six Sigma

 Centennial College

Find Neha Online 

Neha Mehta
Maple Leaf Foods
Show Notes