Food Standards Scotland welcomes chief scientific advisor

Professor Norval Strachan has been appointed the first chief scientific adviser at FSS
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Scotland’s food body, Food Standards Scotland (FSS), has appointed Professor Norval Strachan as its first chief scientific adviser. 

This new position will see Strachan bring additional strategic oversight and leadership into the body’s scientific activities, particularly in the food safety and diet and nutrition areas.

“I’m delighted to join FSS in this role and look forward to leading on the evidence-based scientific approach, which allows FSS and consumers to make informed decisions in relation to food,” said Strachan, who holds a chair in physics at the University of Aberdeen, specialising in foodborne illnesses such as E.coli O157, campylobacter, salmonella and listeria.

His new position will see him responsible for commissioning and evaluating research to communicating scientific and risk advice.

He will also act as head of profession for scientists within FSS, bringing with him nearly three decades-worth of experience.

“One of our key priorities is protecting consumers in Scotland from the risks of foodborne illness, and I am confident that Norval’s expertise, knowledge and experience will help to ensure the safety of Scotland’s food, and deliver wider scientific input in our key priority areas such as diet and nutrition,” said Geoff Ogle, FFS’ chief executive.

“It’s a privilege to have someone of Norval’s calibre on board to support us in delivering a food and drink environment in Scotland that benefits, protects and is trusted by consumers.”

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