iMonitor’s food scientist, Shakeel Ahmed, receives the Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award for his team’s COVID-19 support for New Zealand food businesses.

The iMonitor team took at least 600 phone calls from the food and pharma industry during the first lockdown, providing consultation on how to implement COVID-19 practices in their businesses. Now they are being recognised for their efforts.

The OpTech company received Commendation for Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award as part of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) awards. iMonitor received recognition from both NZIFST and the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) for helping New Zealand food businesses manage their COVID-19 practices via an online resource centre, individual phone call consultations and software features.

“We feel very honoured that our commitment to helping food businesses manoeuvre through the pandemic is recognised with this award,” says iMonitor food scientist Shakeel Ahmed.

“It was self-evident for us that we would support our customers in these unprecedented times. It was incredible how the whole food industry came together and helped each other.”

iMonitor offered food businesses COVID-19 guidelines specifically tailored to their industry and created a COVID-19 checklist for food and pharmaceutical businesses.

The company was founded in 2008 and developed a food quality and safety management platform which enables manufacturers, hospitality, and food retailers to digitise their food quality and safety management, enhancing food safety culture among staff and facilitating ongoing regulatory compliance. Integrated with automated temperature monitoring, the solution increases operational efficiency, reduces business risk, and eliminates paperwork.

The product palette ranges from smart temperature monitoring probes and wireless sensors through food safety management apps to fully integrated food quality management systems.