Dr. Jan Mei Soon

Dr. Jan Mei Soon

Lecturer Food Safety Management Systems

School of Sport and Health Sciences

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. 

Full Profile

Dr. Jan Soon is currently the lead instructor for a number of MSc in Food Safety Management and undergraduate food sciences modules. Since joining NSAFSS, she has multiple early career researcher awards i.e. the 2017 and 2018 Newton Fund Researcher Links Networks and 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. 


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

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

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

PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire 


Soon, J. M. (2019). Rapid Food Hygiene Inspection Tool (RFHiT) to assess hygiene conformance index (CI) of street food vendors. LWT – Food Science and Technology, 113, 108304. 

Soon, J. M., Krzyzaniak, S. C., Shuttlewood, Z., Smith, M. and Jack, L. (2019). Food fraud vulnerability assessment tools used in food industry. Food Control 101, 225-232. 

Soon, J. M., Manning, L. and Smith, R. (2019). Advancing understanding of pinch-points and crime prevention in the food supply chain. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 21(1), 42-60. 

Soon, J. M. (2019). Finger licking good? An observational study of hand hygiene practices of fast food restaurant employees and consumers. British Food Journal, doi: 10.1108/BFJ-07-2018-0420 

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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. 

Research Groups


  • British Academy project on Chinese Consumers’ Risk Mitigating Strategies against Food Fraud 
  • British Academy Newton Mobility Grant project on Challenges and opportunities of milk banking in Malaysia (with Prof Fiona Dykes and Dr Tanya Cassidy) 
  • Contract research with BRC Global Food Standards – Predictive analytics for food incidents (with Prof Carol Wallace) 
  • Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation project on Impacts of Food Safety and Quality Certification on Small and Rural Farmers 

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 
  • Principles of Biology, Nutrition and Food Science 

External Activities

  • Register of Specialist, Food Standards Agency, UK 
  • 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 


Cassidy, T., Soon J.M., Dykes, F.C., Ishak, S., Abdullah Sani, N. (2019) Milk Banking, Milk Sharing and Medically Facilitated Human Milk Exchange: Interdisciplinary research collaborations between the UK and Malaysia. Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Biocultural Perspectives. 

Azmi, K., Soon, J. M., Dykes, F., Cassidy, T., Ishak, S., Jaafar, R. and Abdullah Sani, N. (2019). Knowledge and attitude towards human milk sharing and banking among Muslim mothers with preterm infants: A qualitative study. 2nd Regional Breastfeeding Conference, 27-29 August 2019, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences, Selangor, Malaysia. 


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
  • Member, International Institute of Food Science and Technology, UK 
  • Member, International Association for Food Protection, USA