New members needed for residue committee
Tuesday 8 April 2008
Defra is looking to appoint three new members for the Pesticides Residues Committee (PRC), which advises the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Government Ministers.
The PRC plays a key role in monitoring the safety of food on sale in the UK. It is an independent body that advises the FSA and Government Ministers on the planning of the surveillance programme on pesticide residues and the evaluation of its data.
The main purpose of the commitee is to check that there are no unexpected residues in food; that residues do not exceed maximum permitted levels and that those residues that are found in food are within acceptable levels for people to eat and drink. The current programme involves the analysis of around 3,800 samples at a cost of around £2 million a year.
Defra is seeking, candidates with extensive knowledge related to their relevant areas of expertise; good judgement, the ability to weigh issues and work as part of a team; and an appreciation of the impact decisions will have on consumers and the food and farming industry.
We are looking for professionals from the following backgrounds:
- Toxicology/food science – you will have graduate and substantial postgraduate level knowledge and experience in one or more of the following or related areas: chemical risk assessment, preferably in relation to consumers, toxicology or food science.
- Fresh produce industry – for this role you will need detailed knowledge and experience of working in the fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) import industry.
- Horticultural – your detailed knowledge and experience of working in the horticulture industry in relation to edible crops should be complemented by an understanding of horticultural practices, agronomy and practical pesticide usage issues.
For further information and an application pack, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7270 6166 quoting reference PAPPT 52.
The closing date for applications is noon on 12 May 2008.