Food Safety Week: Health, safety and wellbeing is at the heart of Sodexo’s business

Name: Julie Wagner, MCIEH, Sodexo UK&I Food Safety Manager

Job Title:  UK&I Food Safety Manager 

Company: Sodexo 

Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, Julie Wagner has been a part of the HSEQ team at Sodexo UK and Ireland since 2006.

Julie began her career as an environmental health officer within local government.  She then joined Sodexo as a safety executive and within a few years took on the senior role, ensuring Sodexo’s teams were compliant with the organisation’s health and safety and food safety policies and procedures.

In 2016 Julie took on a more central role within Sodexo’s HSEQ as Food Safety Manager.  Within this role Julie is core to developing managing and implementing food safety projects and initiatives across the company.

This includes responsibility for Sodexo’s Food Safety Management System, ensuring ensure corporate certification to international standards and comply with legislative and global requirements.  

Improving quality of the life is at the core of Sodexo’s business.  Its 34,000 people deliver a wide range of services from catering and hospitality, technical services, security, grounds maintenance to name just a few. 

Food is its heritage and one of its core service offers, Sodexo provides a range of food offers to a wide range of people, from schoolchildren, students, patients, the armed forces through to offshore, factory and office workers as well as hospitality and spectators and major sporting events and at visitor attractions.

Julie also supports with employee communications on food safety matters, ensuring all of Sodexo’s catering teams are engaged and have the necessary information required for them to deliver tasty and nutritious food, safely. Another key element of Julie’s role is the management of the company’s Primary Authority Partnership with Salford City Council.

When asked about her career highlights, Julie said that ensuring the food safety compliance at high profile events including the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Open Golf Championships has been among her most memorable moments.

Through internal campaigns Julie has driven such as Allergen Safety Week and Food Safety Week Sodexo’s relationship with the FSA and other external stakeholders has improved and strengthened.

The health, safety and wellbeing of those it serves and of its employees is at the heart of Sodexo’s business, Julie and the HSEQ team play a vital role in helping to embed the importance of health and safety into the company’s culture.

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