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Manufacturing Plant Visit Fosters Academic-Industry Partnerships in Food Safety & Quality Management


A group of 19 students together with Dr. Wendy Lim Pek Kui, Senior Lecturer from the School of Food Studies & Gastronomy, Taylor's University visited Linaco Specialty Industries Sdn Bhd (LSI) to gain practical experience in designing Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans and establish academic-industry partnerships.

Linaco Group, representing the largest and most integrated coconut manufacturer in Malaysia, was established in 1992 by the Founder & Group Chairman Richard Ling. Linaco’s legacy has continued to grow and expand, spanning two generations of excellence. With its headquarters located in Shah Alam, Linaco has factories based in Batu Pahat, Bandar Enstek, Kalimantan and Shah Alam. The company has mushroomed its exports to well over 40 countries now. Linaco’s extensive range of products can be found at major retailers outlets both locally and globally.

The objective of the visit was to enhance students' understanding of food safety and quality management systems. The itinerary included a review of HACCP product descriptions, raw materials hazard analysis and a factory tour. These activities aimed to provide real-world insights and align with the learning outcomes of the 'Food Safety and Quality Management' module. Acknowledgment was given to the LSI's Quality Assurance team, led by Ms. Vivian Lee, Quality Assurance and Research & Development Manager, for accommodating the visit and sharing their knowledge and expertise. Their support greatly contributed to the success of the visit.

In conclusion, the visit to Linaco allowed students to bridge the gap between theory and practice in food safety and quality management. The interactive sessions, manufacturing plant tour and engagement with the LSI team, provided valuable hands-on experience and fostered academic-industry partnerships. The visit proved to be an enriching and educational opportunity for all participants, empowering students with practical knowledge and preparing them for future careers in the field.

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