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Wolfgang Hiepe
Systems for Food Safety and Quality, Risk Management Programmes

I have been assisting companies in the food, meat and pet food industries as a consultant since June 1994 with the development of systems for food safety, quality management and environmental management or for compliance with requirements under the Animal Products Act (Risk Management Programmes) and the Food Act (Food Control Plans, HACCP Plans, National Programme) for the local NZ market and export markets including advice relating to OMAR (Overseas Market Access). I have also assisted with audits and staff training.

I am also now increasingly involved with ongoing systems maintenance and compliance management - this includes programme updates, internal auditing, assistance with corrective actions after external verifications, taking of product and environmental samples, in house calibrations, vermin control checks etc.

Clients typically do not have a full time Q.A. or Technical Manager and use my expertise in a cost effective way, as and when they need it.

Services offered

Food Safety & Quality

Development of systems for food safety, quality management and environmental management or for compliance with requirements under the Animal Products Act (Risk Management Programmes) and the Food Act (Food Control Plans, HACCP Plans, National Programme) for the local NZ market and export markets. Systems maintenance and compliance management.

Qualifications & Experience

· Degree in Veterinary Science (1975 Berlin).
· Doctoral Thesis (1978 Institute for Meat Hygiene and Meat Technology, Berlin).
· Low acid canning Course/HACCP (1 week Massey University).
· Introduction to ISO 9000 Quality Systems in December 1994 (SGS course).
· Stebbing course for ISO 9000 auditors (1 week)
· Training course for ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems with TELARC (November 1995, one week)
· HACCP Coordinator (NZQA 12626)
· Advanced HACCP Course (AsureQuality)

Recent and past clients: Crawlers; Radix Nutrition; Foodie Babe; Country Foods (Waiuku); Country Taste Smallgoods (Whangarei); Forbes Packaging; Jester's Pies; Food Productions Ltd; Pfizer (Australia) Pty; Food Tech International; The Natural Pet Treat Company; The Organic Soy Company; Dairy Meats NZ Ltd; Glovers Food Processing; PVL Protein; Meat Industry Association; South Canterbury By Products; Butch Pet Foods; SGS NZ; Mother Earth; Graeme Lowe Protein; Wallace Corporation;

Past roles: During the previous six years (1987 - 1994) I worked for MAF Quality Management where I became familiar with the requirements for companies in the meat export trade including slaughter houses, packing houses for fresh meat, canned meat and meat products as well as cold stores including premises licensing, process approval, compliance systems and product certification.

Client Feedback

Alan Saunders, Manager, South Canterbury By-Products Co. Ltd.
"I would like to pass on this companies appreciation for all your efforts in helping to set up our Risk Management Programme. As is with most of these programs there was an enormous amount of work involved, and I personally found your detail to accuracy and understanding of current requirements and regulations, to be of immense value to me.

The program is working well and operates as a major part of our export operation. It was a pleasure working with you and I would not hesitate to use your services in the future, and wish you all the best in your business

Harjit Sidhu, The Natural Pet Treat Company
"Wolfgang has developed the RMP for our pet food operation when we first started out. With Wolfgang simply doing the bulk of the work in this area, I was able to concentrate on product and process development and on getting the factory operational. I found working with Wolfgang straight forward and cost effective. The RMP development seemed to be a major hurdle at first - it became a manageable process with Wolfgang's help. I am planning to use his expertise again when we are going to bring a new range of products into our RMP."

James Gray, Managing Director, Food Productions Ltd.
"Wolfgang Hiepe has worked with us at Food Productions Ltd as a 'Food Safety' consultant over the last 12 months. His primary functions are as follows:
· On-going development of our HACCP based FSP
· Management of our Internal Audit Programme which includes undertaking self-audits on a monthly basis
· Playing a key role in the various external audits completed by third parties. e.g. Agri-Quality, Customer Audits etc
· Managing our in-house food safety training programme, including leading a range on in-house training modules
· Management of our environmental and product micro-biological testing programme
· Is the 'Champion'of food safety for our company

Wolfgang has made a tremendous contribution to our business. He takes a practical approach to food safety matters, has a sound knowledge of the documentary and operational aspects of food safety programmes and uses effective techniques to gain the 'buy-in'of our people. A recent highlight is the excellent rating we received from a recent audit, an outcome of which is the submission of our FSP for the NZFSA exemption level certification.

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Wolfgang Hiepe

Wolfgang Hiepe

Location: Kaiwaka, Northland, New Zealand

364 Oneriri Road,
RD2 Kaiwaka 0573

Telephone: +64 9 431 22 31
Mobile: 021 170 15 81

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