Appointments to the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF)

Last updated:
23 April 2018
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FSA Chairman, Heather Hancock has announced the reappointment of Professor David McDowell, Professor Peter McClure and Dr Dan Tucker to the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF). The ACMSF provides the Agency with independent advice on the microbiological safety of food.

Professor David McDowell (ACMSF Deputy Chair) is Emeritus Professor of Food Studies at the University of Ulster.

The main focus of his academic career has been in food microbiology research, research evaluation, technology transfer, teaching, and the development and dissemination of food safety policy. He has contributed to a wide range of national and international advisory and policy development committees, with particular reference to the ecology, persistence, dissemination and control of foodborne zoonotic pathogens (such as STEC, Listeria, Salmonella and Campylobacter) within the food production, processing and service sectors.

He has considerable experience as a participant in, and an assessor of, a wide range of national and international research projects, as well as leading/supporting subject and policy reviews in food microbiology, food safety, and antibiotic resistance in the human food chain. He is a member of the editorial boards of a number of national and international journals in the above areas, and has published over 170 papers in peer reviewed journals.

His term has been extended until 31 March 2020.

Professor Peter McClure is a Microbiologist and Microbiology Department Manager for Europe, at Mondelēz International R&D Ltd.

He is a Food Safety Expert with extensive knowledge and expertise in microbiological food safety and spoilage. He has wealth of experience in food product and process design for a wide range of foods including chilled, ambient and frozen products and wide experience of interface between industry and Governmental/Non-Governmental Organisations and between research and business application.

Prof McClure was previously at Unilever where he was responsible for the science strategy for microbiological safety, directing external research and was the primary contact for key external groups, including Regulatory Agencies, Research Institutes, non-governmental agencies, the World Health Organisation and Food and Agriculture Organisation. He is regularly invited to be a member of committees for directing research and setting future programmes, and reviewing current research programmes.

Prof McClure has published in excess of 60 papers in a wide range of peer reviewed journals as well as many book chapters, contributions to proceedings and other popular reports.

His term has been extended until 31 March 2022.

Dr Dan Tucker is a senior lecturer in Veterinary Public Health at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge.

He is a Senior Tutor and Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine and Pre-clinical Medicine at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is a European Specialist in Pig Health Management and has previously worked as a field veterinarian and in the biotechnology sector. Dr Tucker’s external duties include membership of the APHA National Pig Expert Group, and consultancy roles including Adviser for Global Health Assurance to genus plc (Pig Improvement Company).

He has published in excess of 50 papers in a wide range of peer reviewed journals as well as many book chapters.

His term has been extended until 31 March 2022.