Dr. Jan Mei Soon

Lecturer Food Safety Management Systems

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Darwin Building, DB217

+44 (0) 1772 89 4567

Subject Areas: Health, Public Health

Dr Jan Soon is a member of the International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies (iINSAFFS) at the university and she teaches food safety and food science at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. She is research active in the area of food integrity, food control measures, food safety management and halal food production.

She is a member of the International Association for Food Protection, USA

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Ph.D. in Food Safety Management awarded without corrections, Coventry University, 2012

M.Sc. in Food Science, National University of Malaysia, 2009

B.Sc. (Hons.) in Food Science and Nutrition (1st class), Universiti Malaysia Sabah, 2005

Dr. Jan Soon is currently the lead instructor for a number of MSc in Food Safety Management and undergraduate food sciences modules. Since joining iINSAFSS, she has received two early career researcher awards i.e. the 2016 Newton Fund Researcher Links Networks on Agri-Technology and the 2015 Young Investigator Award by European Food Safety Authority.  She is the main editor of the recently published Foodborne Diseases: Case studies in Agri-Food Industries by CRC Press in 2016 and the lead author of Managing Food Safety Risks in the Agri-Food Industries, CRC Press 2013.


  1. Soon, J. M., Chandia, M., Regenstein, J.M. (In press). Halal integrity in the food supply chain. British Food Journal
  2. Manning, L. and Soon, J. M. (2016). An alternative allergen risk management approach. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2016.1185085
  3. Tan, E. Y., Arifullah, M. and Soon, J. M. (2016). Identification of Escherichia coli strains from water vending machines of Kelantan, Malaysia using 16s rRNA gene sequence analysis. Exposure and Health 8(2): 211-216.
  4. Manning, L. and Soon, J. M. (2016). Food safety, food fraud, and food defense: A fast evolving literature. Journal of Food Science 81(4): R823-R834


Research activities

Jan’s research interest lies in food integrity, food control measures, food safety management and risk reduction strategies. Her other interests include halal integrity, allergen risk management, food safety training and education and food security. Jan welcomes applications to study at Master’s by coursework (MSc in Food Safety Management), MSc by research or MPhil/PhD level in any of these areas. 


Completed projects

  • Identification of food safety risk assessment technique in food supply chain 
  • Development of bio-film incorporated with sugarcane bagasse with Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Foodborne Disease
  • Food Allergy and Intolerance
  • Food Processing and Preservation
  • Managing Food Allergy and Intolerance
  • Research Methods in Food Safety
  • Current Topics in Food Safety Issues
  • Applied Food Science

External Activities

  • Technical specialist for Early Warning Rapid Alert Surveillance Systems and Horizon Scanning in Food Safety, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy
  • Resource person for Asian Productivity Organization (APO), Tokyo,  Japan


Manning, L., Soon, J. M., and Smith, R. (2016) Developing countermeasures in the food production environment to mitigate product related fraud, 6th Counter Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference, University of Portsmouth, 7th June 2016.

Wong, C. Y., Rao, P. V., Wallace, C. A. and Soon, J. M. (2016). Effect of microwave power level and time on Escherichia coli P511 in microwavable foods. P2-168. International Association for Food Protection, St. Louis, Missouri, Jul 31 – Aug 3.

Chong, S. Y. Rao, P. V., Wallace, C. A. and Soon, J. M. (2016). Microbiological quality of street-vended juices in Jeli district, Malaysia. P2-169. International Association for Food Protection, St. Louis, Missouri, Jul 31 – Aug 3.