April 20, 2021

lieverthuis

affection for others

animal feed and food chain

Background

I am the FSA’s senior policy adviser for feed additives.

The FSA was established in 2000 as the UK competent authority for food and feed. It was asked with maintaining safety of the food chain to protect consumers following such events as the UK BSE​ [bovine spongiform encephalopathy​] outbreak.

I joined in 2013, initially as a project manager, setting up major research contracts worth over £1m, investigating Campylobacter and norovirus in foodstuffs.

I transferred to the animal feed policy team in 2014, with responsibilities extending to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (for example, BSE) and animal by-products.

More recently, I transferred to a new regulated products policy team, taking on responsibilities for the risk analysis process of feed additive authorisations in Great Britain (GB).   

While animal feed is essentially the first link of the food-chain, the FSA has responsibility for feed in all target species; from farmed livestock, pets, insects and even circus, zoo and wild animals. 

Explain your work in a few sentences

My overarching role is providing scientific and policy inputs on animal feed to the FSA and other Government departments.

Since EU exit, I work closely with our science division (as risk assessors) in my role as risk manager in the authorisation process to ensure the continued safety of over 1,500 feed additives on the GB market (Refer to: Placing a regulated product on the market​).

I previously attended European Commission meetings to negotiate UK positions, voting on about 300 pieces of legislation over the years.