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New Chairman Appointed for Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Friday, 15 February 2013

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today welcomes the appointment of Prof. Michael Gibney as its new Chairman.  Prof. Gibney, who is Professor of Food and Health at University College, Dublin’s (UCD) Institute of Food and Health, has a long and distinguished career as a world-leading expert in food science and nutrition.  The FSAI also welcomes the appointment of Raymond O’Rourke, a qualified barrister and a food regulatory and consumer affairs lawyer and the reappointment of Prof. Charles Daly, Emeritus Professor of Food Science and Technology at University College, Cork to its Board.

According to Prof. Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI; “Prof. 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.”

Originally a graduate of UCD, with a Masters in Agricultural Chemistry, Prof. Gibney completed a PhD in Sydney University. During his career, Prof. Gibney held the position of Professor of Nutrition and subsequently Dean of Research with Trinity College, Dublin.  After 23 years with Trinity College, Dublin he took up the post of Director of the UCD Institute of Food and Health in 2006.  Prof. Gibney previously served as a Board member of the FSAI from 1999 to 2009; he has served on several EU and UN committees on nutrition and health including the EU Scientific Committee for Food and the EU Scientific Steering Committee, where he chaired its BSE Working Group.  In 2010, he was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Joint Programme Initiative on Food and Health Research.  He is former President of the Nutrition Society and has published in excess of 250 peer reviewed scientific papers in Public Health Nutrition and Molecular Nutrition. He is the principal investigator on several national and EU projects.