Jun 11 2019

Congratulations to Professor Paul Fraser, School of Biological Sciences, who has recently been appointed onto the Food Standard Agency’s Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes.

The three year advisory appointment recognises the research impact and professional respect that Professor Fraser has built up over the years and will help to ensure that the FSA’s policy development and consumer advice is based on sound science and independent expert advice.

Paul Fraser is Professor of Biochemistry and Head of the Plant Molecular Sciences research group at our College which has established considerable expertise in the production of high-value industrial and nutritional plant products.

The research group has a long-standing interest in developing and implementing new technological approaches to the generation of crop plants that address economic and societal issues. In particular, it has an important role in coordinating multiple EU programmes in this field,  and this will ensure valuable contribution to the FSA novel food and processes committee based on first hand expertise in the field.

Commenting on his new role, Professor Fraser said:

'Ensuring that the correct technologies are in place to provide robust scientific data for the evaluation of novel food and process is a key aspect of this role. The appointment reflects the impact of the group’s work over a number of decades, exploring the technologies available to deliver more nutritious foodstuffs and renewable sources of industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals.'

Professor Paul Layzell, Principal said:

'I’d like to congratulate Paul Fraser on this appointment. It is recognition of world-class research at Royal Holloway like this that proves the importance of engaging with external bodies to help us better understand major research challenges, to access more channels to demonstrate our impact and to build our wider reputation.'

Discover more about the appointment.