Dr. Pamela Byrne has been appointed as Chief Executive of the FSAI, following the retirement of Professor Alan Reilly.
Byrne, who is currently Director of Regulatory Policy and Intelligence with Abbott Nutrition, will take up office in March 2015.
According to the FSAI, she has extensive experience of the food regulatory environment, having previously held senior positions in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Dr Byrne holds a PhD in Environmental Toxicology from University College, Cork (UCC); an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management from Kings College, University of London; a BSc in Zoology from UCC and a Higher Diploma in Environmental Law from the University of Aberystwyth in Wales.
“The Board warmly welcomes Dr Byrne to the FSAI and looks forward to working closely with her as Chief Executive, to deliver an exemplary regulatory environment that is to the fore in protecting public health and consumer interests in the area of food safety and hygiene” said Prof Michael Gibney, Chairman, FSAI.
“The Board thanks outgoing Chief Executive, Prof. Alan Reilly for the outstanding leadership he has shown during his tenure, which has led the FSAI to be regarded nationally and internationally as a highly respected regulatory body.
“It is fitting to note that just last month, Ireland was ranked joint first place with Canada out of 16 OECD countries for its food safety processes and performances.
“A reflection of Prof. Reilly’s contribution and the commitment and professionalism of his team of experts at the FSAI,” Gibney concluded.
(Image via the Food Safety Authority of Ireland)