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FoodGrads Podcast

Aug 2, 2023

We are covering what's it like to be a food auditor, what it's like being a part of a food audit, how audits are helpful to organizations and the different types. But more importantly, we are talking about building a career in food safety, obtaining training, and how to stand out amongst the crowd when you are going to an interview. 

Our guest today is Gordon Hayburn, Vice President of Food Safety and Quality at Trophy Foods Inc. Trophy Foods is a Canadian owned and operated producer of edible nuts, confectionary and bulk foods. Gordon has over 30 years of experience in food manufacturing, food safety, and auditing in both the private and public sector. In addition to being apart of the food technologist program, he also has two master's degrees, a master's in food, safety and control and an LLM in food law. Gordon has done so much more than that. However soon after the release of this podcast episode Gordon will be embarking on a new journey of food safety consultant.


[4:06] Gordon’s current role as VP of Food Safety at Trophy Foods and
[5:21] Key roles that Gordon has taken on in his career journey
[11:21] What are audits and the different forms in food processing/manufacturing
[16:38] Standards in food auditing and where they come from and the different food safety bodies
[26:52] How to create a path in food safety after you graduate
[34:13] Finding certifications in food safety and what employers would look for
[43:43] What to do at food safety conferences
[47:59] GFSI Food Safety Initiative


Gordon’s LinkedIn

Trophy Foods Inc.

University of Wales

Tata. Global Beverages

SAI Global

BRCGS Standards


Ontario Food Protections Association

Institute of Food Science and Technology

GFSI Public Safety Initiative


Gordon Hayburn