Re-appointment of eight existing members for the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs (ACAF)

Last updated:
7 July 2017
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FSA Chair, Heather Hancock, has announced on behalf of the FSA, Defra, Food Standards Scotland and devolved administrations the re-appointment of eight existing members to the independent Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs.

Mr Geoffrey Brown, Ms Angela Booth, Dr Ian Brown, Professor Ian Givens, Mrs Christine McAlinden, Dr David Peers, Professor Robert Smith and Mr Edwin Snow have been re-appointed.

The triennial review of scientific advisory committees for which the FSA is lead sponsor (carried out between September and November 2015) concluded that the functions of Advisory Committee on Novel Food and Processes (ACNFP) and ACAF should merge after a consultative process that should be completed by December 2017.  Therefore, while that process is ongoing, the re-appointments will be for a term lasting up to December 2017 or until the dissolution of the Committee.  However, for individual members, the overall appointment period should not be greater than ten years.

The eight re-appointees have therefore had their terms of appointment extended as follows:

  • Dr Ian Brown (Chair) – 8 May 2017 to 7 May 2018
  • Mr Geoffrey Brown (Feed Materials) – 30 September 2017 to 1 October 2019
  • Professor Ian Givens (Animal Nutrition) –1 June 2017 to 31 May 2018
  • Mr Edwin Snow (Feed Industry) –1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018
  • Professor Robert Smith (Veterinary Science) – 30 September 2017 to 1 October 2019
  • Ms Angela Booth (Feed Manufacturer) – 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2019
  • Dr David Peers (Animal Nutrition) – 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2019
  • Mrs Christine McAlinden (Toxicology) –1 December 2017 to 30 November 2019

The decision to exit the EU has implications for the FSA’s approach to the review, including the specific recommendations in respect of ACAF and the Advisory Committee on Novel Food and Processes. FSA’s future needs for expert advice in these areas will depend on the outcome of negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, and on the UK’s regulatory approach after exiting the EU. The FSA has therefore decided to pause implementation of these recommendations for now, until the picture on future needs is clearer.

Heather Hancock said: 'The Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs is one of the independent committees which plays a very important role in providing the FSA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Food Standards Scotland and devolved administrations with expert advice. The Committee is extremely fortunate to have members with the enthusiasm and experience of the re-appointed members, I wish them every success in their work.'