Food minister Angela Browning also announced the appointment of Malvern Barnett to the committee.
Mr Barnett is a public analyst for five counties and nine London boroughs and a partner in the analytical consultancy practice, Central Scientific Laboratories.
He is the current president of the Association of Public Analysts. He is a member of the Local Authorities Co-ordinating Body on Food and Trading Standards' Food Safety Panel and microbiology working groups and a member of the ministry's Working Party on Food Authenticity's sub-panel on pasta products.
- The FAC's terms of reference are: 'To assess the risk to humans of chemicals which occur in or on food and to advise Ministers on the exercise of powers in the Food Safety Act 1990 relating to the labelling, composition and chemical safety of food. In exercising its functions the Food Advisory Committee will take the advice and work of the Committee on Toxicity and other relevant advisory committee's into account.'
- The committee is a non-statutory body comprising a chairman and 14 members appointed for their personal expertise and not to represent particular interests. The committee's main task is to review and prepare reports on all matters within its terms of reference and where necessary to make recommendations for legislation.
Ministers pay high regard to the committee's recommendations which form the basis of much of the UK food legislation.