Appointment of a new member and reappointment of three existing members for ACAF

Professor Stephen Forsythe has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs. Dr Dozie Azubike, Professor Nigel Halford and Mr Richard Scales have been re-appointment as members of the Committee.

ACAF is a UK-wide advisory committee made up of independent experts from wide-ranging backgrounds including consumer affairs, farming, science and the feed industry. Professor Forsythe’s term of office as the Committee's microbiologist will run from 1 September 2010 and is initially for 3 years. Dr Azubike, Professor Halford and Mr Scales have had their terms extended until 30 June 2013.

Jeff Rooker, Chair of the Food Standards Agency, made the announcement earlier today on behalf of the Agency, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the devolved administrations. Jeff Rooker said: 'The Committee is fortunate to have members with the enthusiasm and experience of Professor Forsythe, Professor Halford, Dr Azubike and Mr Scales, I wish them well in their work'.

More about the Members

Professor Stephen Forsythe is a Professor of Microbiology at Nottingham Trent University. His main research area is primarily on foodborne infections. He has been an invited participant and speaker at three FAO/WHO risk assessments on the microbiological safety of powdered infant formula. Professor Forsythe has also been a member on the European Food Safety Authority: Additives and Food Contacts Materials panel and an ad hoc member on the Qualified Presumption of Safety and BioHaz Panels.

Dr Dozie Azubike is a part-time inspector with the Health and Safety Executive. He has a wide range of experience in the voluntary sector and is a member of the Board of the Thames Valley Charitable Housing Association and a lay magistrate. He is also a member of the General Optical Council Fitness to Practice Committee and an adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

Professor Nigel Halford is a research leader at Rothamsted Research, the UK’s largest crop and agricultural research institute. He is the author of more than 100 refereed scientific papers, many relating to plant biotechnology, and has written and edited books and numerous articles on GM crops.

Richard Scales is principal trading standards officer at Hampshire County Council. He currently specialises in agricultural aspects of enforcement and is a member of the Agriculture Focus Group of the Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS). Mr Scales also chairs the Trading Standards South East Authorities Feeds Sub-Group.