Carol Wallace

Prof. Carol Wallace

Professor of Food Safety Management Systems Co-Director, International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB244

+44 (0) 1772 89 3657

Carol Wallace is Professor of Food Safety Management Systems and Co-Director of the International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies. Her background is in microbiology/applied food safety and her career spans 30 years in the food industry and food safety education. Her research interests include food safety system effectiveness from farm to fork and food safety support needs of SMEs and Consumers.

Full Profile

Carol’s background is in microbiology and applied food safety.  After graduating from the University of Glasgow with a BSc Hons in Microbiology, Carol spent  20 years working in the food industry; in food manufacturing (GrandMet Foods/Express Foods/Pillsbury), retailing (Sainsbury’s) and consultancy (RSSL) prior to joining academia in 2004, where she became Course Leader responsible for developing the highly successful MSc in Food Safety Management by eLearning.

Carol is a world authority on the HACCP system of food safety management, with particular interests in effectiveness of systems delivering food safety in practice from farm to fork.  She has keen research interests in the factors impacting food safety management system effectiveness, including technical requirements and knowledge, the effectiveness of food safety audit, and food safety culture and personnel factors.  She is keen to emphasise the food professional’s perspective on food issues as part of the multidisciplinary approach to managing public health, and the need to support groups such as SMEs, Farmers’ Markets and Consumers with guidance on how to handle food safely.

She is widely published in the field of Food Safety and HACCP and is author and co-author of several best-selling text-books on HACCP, which have been instrumental in guiding HACCP practice in the international food industry.  She has advised many high-profile companies in developing and reviewing their food safety management systems and strategy, and has contributed to food safety initiatives for smaller food businesses.

Carol was featured in the Winter 2016 edition of BreakThrough magazine talking about her inaugural professorial lecture “From Rocket Science to People Power – the evolution and effectiveness of modern food safety management approaches”.





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PhD HACCP Effectiveness, University of Central Lancashire, 2009

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Manchester Metropolitan University, 2000

BSc (Hons) Microbiology, University of Glasgow, 1985.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health

Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the International Association for Food Protection

Research Activities

Current research activities include studies on factors impacting the effectiveness of HACCP, allergen management and labelling provision in catering operations, and food safety at Farmers' Markets. Collaborative research projects include lessons from foodborne disease outbreaks with Dr Ben Chapman at North Carolina State University and Measurement of Food Safety Culture with Lone Jespersen and Prof Mansel Griffiths at Guelph University.



Carol works with food industry clients on food safety strategy and food safety management systems effectiveness projects.

Carol has developed and led the MSc Food Safety Management suite of eLearning programmes and contributes to teaching on HACCP and Foodborne Disease, as well as supporting dissertation projects on Current Issues in Food Safety Management. 

She also contributes to modules on the BSc Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (Human Nutrition) programme,  the MSc in Applied Public Health and to Maternal and Infant Nutrition: Biocultural Perspectives.

Carol also developed the food safety stream for the D. Prof Elite Performance award and works with students across the taught and research modules of the programme.

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External Activities

  • Council Member and Chair of Qualifications Governance Committee at Royal Society for Public Health
  • Board Member and Chair of Professional Development Committee at Institute of Food Science and Technology
  • Vice-Chair of Food Safety Education Professional Development Group at International Association for Food Protection
  • Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
  • Food Control
  • British Food Journal
  • International Journal of Food Science and Technology
  • Public Health
  • Journal of the Science of Food & Agriculture
  • Editorial Board member for the journal, Foods 
  • Guest Editor for the journal, Perspectives in Public Health, 2014