New Chair for Food Safety Information Council

The Food Safety Information Council has announced the appointment of its new Chair, Dr Michael Eyles.

Dr Eyles is currently Director, Leadership and Cross-Organisation Development with CSIRO. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Society for Microbiology, and the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology. Dr Eyles's scientific background is in microbiology. His research focussed on improving the quality of Australia's food products and responding to new and emerging threats to food safety.

In announcing Dr Eyles' election to the position, immediate past Council Chair, Professor Tom McMeekin (Australian Food Safety Centre of Excellence), said, 'It is a coup to have a scientist, administrator and a person of Michael's calibre to take on the role of leading the Council into its second decade. Michael is an icon in the food safety world both through his outstanding scientific contribution and his ability to translate his and others' findings into messages easily adaptable to the food industry, as well as the home kitchen'.

The Food Safety Information Council is a non-profit group whose charter is to promote key food safety messages to Australian consumers in order to reduce the 5.4 million cases of foodborne disease suffered each year. One initiative of the Council is Food Safety Week, which last year focused on educating young people leaving home for the first time on safe food handling, storage and cooking practices. For more information about the Council, visit: