Food sector ‘must be driven by science’: new FDF boss

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New FDF scientific officer Helen Munday
New FDF scientific officer Helen Munday

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Growth in the food and drink sector must be driven by science, according to the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) new chief scientific officer Helen Munday.

Calling her appointment “a real privilege”, ​Munday highlighted the role of science in the sector

“I deeply believe that growth in the food and drink sector needs to be based on the application of sound science and innovations driven by so many factors that shape the way we live today,​said Munday.

‘Sector faces many challenges’

“Whilst the sector faces many challenges, I'm looking forward with great enthusiasm to working with the industry partners and stakeholders that I have always so much enjoyed working with.”

The FDF announced yesterday (May 11) that Helen Munday would take up her new role early summer this year.

The scientist has held senior roles in various food and drink manufacture companies, including scientific and regulatory affairs at the Coca-Cola Company and head of research at Mars.

She previously worked for the FDF as director of food safety and science.

FDF director general Ian Wright said: “I am thrilled that Helen is joining the team here at FDF. It has never been more important for industry action, public debate and policy-making to be informed by robust science.”

Munday replaced Barbara Gallani, who joined the European Food safety Authority earlier this year as head of its Communications and External Relations Department.

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