Dr Lisa SzaboDr Lisa Szabo, MAIFST has been appointed Chief Scientist with the NSW Food Authority.Her
appointment will help ensure the Authority remains at the forefront of national and international food safety developments.The Chief Scientist is also responsible for identifying emerging food safety threats and trends across the food chain.Dr Szabo was previously Science Manager of the Food Microbiology Group at Food Science Australia in Sydney, with a team of 14 graduate scientists and three post-graduate students.She was also deputy director of the Australian Food Safety Centre of Excellence."The Chief Scientist is a key role in the Food Authority and I am delighted that Dr Szabo is joining the Executive team.Dr Szabo
joins us at a time when the Authority is rapidly expanding its activities across a wide range of areas requiring sound scientific input including, development and implementation of food standards throughout the food chain, processes and procedures for investigating outbreaks of foodborne illness, compliance and surveillance work, consumer and industry information and training, and coordinating cooperative research programs.Her
expertise will help the Authority meet its prime objective of ensuring NSW consumers continue to have access to safe and suitable food," said Food Authority Director-General George Davey.Dr Szabo
undertook post-doctoral research at the Federal Research Centre for Virus Disease of Animals
, Tübingen, Germany, where she
focused on methods to detect the Clostridium botulinum neurotoxin.She joined the CSIRO (Food Science Australia) in 1994, where she undertook, lead and managed research programs on microbiological issues associated with food preservation and processing in Australia and a number of other countries.