New CEO for Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ)

Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, today announced that the Board of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has appointed Mr Mark Booth as the new CEO of the internationally esteemed food standards agency.

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22 February

Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, today announced that the Board of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has appointed Mr Mark Booth as the new CEO of the internationally esteemed food standards agency.

Mr Booth has extensive experience and knowledge of Australian and New Zealand health systems, a strong policy background and detailed experience in health at the government level.

For the last six years, he has been a First Assistant Secretary at the Australian Government Department of Health, and will leave this role to take up his new position.

“Mark Booth brings a wealth of experience and technical expertise to the important work of FSANZ,” Dr Gillespie said.

“His appointment will give fresh perspective and strength to this role at a time when food standards and food safety require greater scrutiny, rigour and bi-national cooperation than ever.

“I know that Mark will build on the legacy of outgoing CEO, Mr Steve McCutcheon, who leaves the role as a distinguished authority on best practice food regulation.”

Mr McCutcheon held the position of FSANZ CEO for ten years up to 31 January 2017.

Minister Gillespie also expressed his appreciation for the contribution of Mr Peter May, who has acted as CEO while Mr Booth’s appointment was being finalised.

FSANZ develops and administers the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, which lists requirements for foods such as additives, food safety and labelling.

“FSANZ has established a role as a world-leading provider of evidence-based advice about food composition and food safety,” Dr Gillespie said.

“This has underpinned Australia’s and New Zealand’s reputations as producers of safe, high quality foods.

The CEO is responsible for the day-to-day administration of FSANZ and the control of its operations.

For more information, contact the Minister's Office on (02) 6277 4960 or 0435 686 322

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