Ms Madeleine Smith

School of Chemical Engineering
Reader in Food Safety

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • Fellow Higher Education Academy, 2007
  • Diploma in Management Studies, University of Birmingham & Birmingham City Council, 1999
  • MSc in Environmental Health, University of Birmingham, 1993
  • MSc in Marine Geology from McGill University, 1980
  • BSc in Marine Biology from McGill University, 1977


After completing a degree in Environmental Health (Ronald Williams silver medallist) Madeleine worked as an Environmental Health Officer with Birmingham City Council, first in housing, then specialising in food. She joined the University of Birmingham in 1997 to provide the professional practice element to the MSc in Environmental Health.

Since then she has designed and developed a number of post graduate, undergraduate and CPD courses in food safety, building up the Food Safety Group to its current level. In addition to the award bearing courses (MSc in Food Safety Hygiene and Management and Certificate of Higher Education in Food Safety & Food Legislation), the group offers specialist short courses to Competent Authorities in the UK and overseas as well as to the food industry.


MSc in Food Safety Hygiene and Management, programme leader and module leader for

  • Food Control
  • Food Fraud
  • Food Security

Certificate of Higher Education in Food Safety & Food Legislation

  • Module leader Food Inspection

Higher Certificate in Food Control co-ordinator

  • TSO Conversion
  • Veterinary Conversion
  • CPD Food Inspection  


  • MSc Environmental Health,
  • Widening Horizons: Food, Friend or Foe

Postgraduate supervision

MSc and PhD project supervision centres on HACCP implementation and food hygiene training, particularly in SME’s and food service.


My main research interests focus on the impact of interventions such as food safety management systems and food hygiene training on food safety and public health. I am currently involved in several projects, including

  • an assessment of food hygiene standards in street food vendors (Indonesia);
  • an evaluation of electronic systems for enhanced registration in food businesses (UK);
  • the effect of low temperature processing on selected food poisoning organisms (UK).

Other recent projects have included an evaluation of International Delivery of Controls (Food Standards Agency), use of software in maintaining cold chain integrity (ITaaU/FSA programme), Food hygiene knowledge, attitude and practice of food handlers and enforcement officers in Saudi Arabia and drafting food safety legislation for the Island of St. Helena.

Other activities

  • Better Training Safer Food (BTSF): 2015-17  Course Tutor/lecturer on  Investigation of food borne outbreaks, EC funded courses for standardisation of delivery of food controls in the EU
  • Saudi Food and Drugs Authority (SFDA): 2013-2017 Create and deliver a training programme for Food Inspectors in the SFDA, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Covering theoretical and practical aspects of Food inspection, delivered in English and Arabic.
  • External Examiner for BSc Food Production and Supply Chain Management at Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester 2013- 2016
  • Panel Member UoB Academic Appeals Committee
  • Panel Member UoB Collaborative Provision Committee
  • Course validation panel Harper Adams University 2015
  • Co ordinate, design and deliver a summer school in food safety Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education 2014
  • Government of St Helena 2013-14 Development of proposals for a national food control system based upon updated food law
  • Co-ordinator, Expert Group NATO – ATC Food Security in Central Asia March, 2011
  • Committee member NATO CCMS on Food Chain Security, 2006
  • Accreditation Panel member CIEH/EHRB accreditation of Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection courses 2003-2007
  • Reviewer for various organisations including Food standards Agency, Taylor and Francis, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Approved trainer for the Accelerated HACCP course for Butchers administered by the Meat & Livestock Commission 2002


Smith, M. (in press, publication August 2018) Food Safety and Inspection; Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

Al Mohaiteff, M, P. Fryer, M. Smith (In Preparation) Evaluating Food Safety Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Dieticians/Nutritionists in Riyadh’s Hospitals, Saudi Arabia

Smith, M. & A. Alaizoki (2016) Application of tiny tag data recorder to monitor the continuum of cold chain for long-life sandwiches and use of score safe hygiene software to evaluate their integrity [PDF]; Internet of Things and Food: ITaaU/FSA programme

Charalambous, M ; P Fryer and M. Smith (2015) Implementation of Food Safety Management Systems in Small Enterprises in Cyprus; Food Control 57:70-75

Smith, M. (2013) International Study of Different Existing Delivery Models for Feed and Food Official Controls [PDF] FS616018

Acosta, N., P. J Fryer & M.P. Smith (in preparation) Implementation of HACCP and PRP’s in food service establishments

Alpas, H., M. Smith & A, Kulmyrzaev (2011) Strategies for Achieving Food Security in Central Asia; NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security; Springer

Alpas, H. & M. Smith (2011) NATO-SPS Pilot Study on Food Chain Security: Findings and Recommendations; NATO-ARW: Springer

Smith, M (2010); The Contribution of Food Safety Management Systems to the Prevention of Deliberate Food Contamination ; Chapter 3 In: Food Chain Security; Ed: Hami Alpas and Beyazit Çırakoğlu; NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security: Springer

Smith , M (2005); Fruit and Vegetables; Chapter 6 In: Food Inspection and Control; Ed: Fiona Bushell: Chadwick House Group; London

Smith, M (2004); Introduction to Food Safety, Food Safety Law and Food Safety Controls; Chapters 27-29; In: Clay’s Handbook of Environmental Health; 19th edition; Ed: W.H. Bassett; Spon Press; London

Smith, M.; S.Hussain and J Millward (2002) The effect of the Licensing Process on Hygiene in Retail Butchers’ Premises in the West Midlands, UK; Journal of Food Protection 65(9):1428-1432

Kirby M P and Gardiner K (1997) The Effectiveness of Hygiene Training for Food Handlers – IJEHR 7:251-258 (previous name)