A NEW CHAIRMAN has been appointed to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
The FSAI has welcomed the appointment of Professor Michael Gibney as its new Chairman.
Prof Gibney is Professor of Food and Health at University College, Dublin’s (UCD) Institute of Food and Health, and “has a long and distinguished career as a world-leading expert in food science and nutrition”, said the FSAI.
The FSAI also welcomed the appointment of Raymond O’Rourke, a qualified barrister and a food regulatory and consumer affairs lawyer and the reappointment of Professor Charles Daly, Emeritus Professor of Food Science and Technology at University College, Cork to its board.
According to Professor Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI:
Professor Gibney will be a tremendous asset to our Board’s cumulative deliberations. His appointment reaffirms our science-based ethos which underpins all the decisions, policies and actions of our organisation. He has an impeccable global reputation for research on food and nutrition and has served on a number of high-level advisory committees in this area, both nationally and at EU level.
The news comes as the FSAI takes part in the investigation into the discovery that equine DNA was present in meat labelled ‘beef’ in Ireland. The gardaí and Department of Agriculture are also involved in the investigation.