Food Law News - UK - 2000
2 March 2000: FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY - Further Appointments To The Board Of The Food Standards Agency
DH Press Release (2000/0126), 2 March 2000
Further Appointments To The Board Of The Food Standards Agency
A further eight appointments to the Board of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) were announced today by Alan Milburn, Secretary of State for Health, bringing the total number of Board members - including the Board member for Northern Ireland - to 14.
The latest appointments take immediate effect. The Agency is due to be established formally on 1st April, coming into operation on Monday 3rd April.
Mr Milburn announced in January the appointments of the FSA Chairman (Professor Sir John Krebs); his Deputy (Ms Suzi Leather), and the Chief Executive (Mr Geoffrey Podger).
At the same time, the appointments were announced of Professor Sir John Arbuthnott as Chairman-Designate of the Scottish Food Advisory Committee and an FSA Board member for Scotland; Mr Michael Gibson as an FSA Board member for Scotland, and Mrs Ann Hemingway as the FSA's Board member for Wales.
The DHSSPS in Northern Ireland announced earlier this month that the FSA Board member for Northern Ireland will be Mr Michael Walker, a public analyst and a member of the General Consumer Council. Mr Walker is also a member of the North/South Food Safety Promotion Board, set up on an all-island basis under the Good Friday Agreement.
The eight appointees announced today are:
- Mr Richard Ayre, who was Deputy Chief Executive of BBC News until the end of 1999, and took a particular interest in the reporting of issues of risk and public health.
- Mrs Karol Bailey, a tenant farmer and food producer/retailer, with a farm shop in Knutsford, Cheshire.
- Ms Valerie Howarth, Chief Executive of the charity ChildLine, and a former Director of Social Services for the London Borough of Brent.
- Professor Jeya Henry, Professor of Human Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition.
- Mr Robert Rees, an award-winning chef, restaurateur, and broadcaster from Bisley, Gloucestershire.
- Dr Bhupinder Sandhu, a consultant paediatrician and gastroenterologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Bristol, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Bristol University.
- Mr Vernon Sankey, currently Chairman of Thomson Travel Group plc, and formerly Group Chief Executive of Reckitt & Colman.
- Mr Gurbux Singh, formerly Chief Executive of the London Borough of Haringey, who has recently been appointed Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality.
- Alan Milburn said today: "We now have a full team to give leadership and direction to the new Food Standards Agency. I am confident that the breadth of their expertise will play a vital role in giving the public confidence in food safety."
The Agency, to be established under the Food Standards Act 1999, will take an overview of food safety and standards across the whole food chain, from farm to fork, with the main aim of protecting public health in relation to food.
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