Outstanding Science Alumni Awards 2006
TAN-GOH Ek Ek Irene
BSc 1970
Deputy Manager, Quality Assurance of the Group R&D Department in Prima Ltd
President, Singapore Institute of Food Science and Technology (February 2003 -- May 2006)

Mrs Irene TAN has extensive knowledge in the quality control and assurance in food beverages and dairy products and provided quality control and technical support to other plants overseas.
 
Starting as an assistant chemist in Lam Soon Cannery Ltd in 1970, she moved on to work as Quality Control Manager in Wander Singapore Pte Ltd in 1971, where she took charge of the setup of the QC system in the Singapore branch and thereafter represented Switzerland headquarters and several foreign branches in QC system and training. In her subsequent cross to Asia Dairies Pte Ltd (F&N Foods) in 1991, she centralized dairy operations and built an effective system to perform tests to meet local and legal regulatory standards. She had a short stint in the academic line between 1997 and 2001, as a lecturer in Temasek Polytechnic where she shared her experiences in the field of QC / QA and management systems to the students.
 
She is Deputy Manager, Quality Assurance of the Group R&D Department in Prima Limited, the only flourmill in Singapore. She is in charge of the quality control and assurance of all the products, ranging from wheat, flour, bread, buns, pastries, premixes and even retorted pouches of shelf stable paste for the local and overseas markets.
 
She currently also oversees the Management System ISO 9001:2000 & Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) for Prima Limited and her subsidiaries.
 
Mrs TAN serves as President of the Singapore Institute of Food Science and Technology (SIFST) for 4 terms from 2002 to 2006. Her other professional membership include the Singapore Professional Centre (Member / Alternate Member of Board of Trustees 2005 / 2006).
 
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