Dr Wayne Anderson – Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

  • Director of Food Science and Standards
    Food Safety Authority of Ireland

    Dr Wayne Anderson joined the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in 1999 as Chief Specialist: Food Science, after 11 years service in the food industry, ten of which were with Unilever.  Dr Anderson is now Director of the Food Science and Standards Division.  This Division develops and advises on best practice guides for the industry, co-ordinates the national HACCP strategy and conducts food safety risk assessment.  Dr. Anderson created the FSAI Retail Forum and Food Service Forum and chairs the Artisan Forum.  These fora act as platforms for specific industry sectors to access the FSAI.  Dr Anderson has published papers in the areas of food preservation systems, predictive microbiology and risk communication.  He holds a primary degree in biochemistry and a PhD in predictive microbiology.  He is a member of the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods, a fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, Ireland and a fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, UK.

    Topic: “Emerging Risk Identification”

    Emerging risk identification for the European Union is a requirement of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Emerging risks can include new hazards to the food and feed chain or changes in existing hazards. Other factors like eating habits, technological developments and demographic changes all effect potential changes in risk. But how can emerging risks be identified before they emerge? What is the link between emerging risk and threat assessment in the context of food crime? These are not simple questions. In his talk, Dr Wayne Anderson will look at some of the drivers of emerging risk, describe the system that EFSA currently operates and give some examples of signals of emerging risks that have been identified so far