SAAFoST Northern Branch

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland - the need for and importance of science

A Presentation by Dr Pamela Byrne, Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)
Tuesday 28 March 2017

Dear Members,

Dr Pamela Byrne is the IUFoST sponsored guest speaker at the SAAFoST-IUFoST Food Fraud Workshop being held at the CSIR International Convention Centre on 29 March. She is in Pretoria for only a short time but has very kindly agreed to address members at the University of Pretoria on the day before the Workshop, on the subject of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, of which she is CEO.

The FSAI is a statutory, independent body, dedicated to protecting public health and consumer interests in the area of food safety and hygiene. It has a national responsibility for co-ordinating the enforcement of food safety legislation in Ireland and functions as a science-based body. Who better than Dr Byrne to tell us all about it?

Look out for the Food Fraud Workshop notice that will follow this one and consider attending both events - it's a good reason to extend your stay if you are visiting from out-of-town or from the SAAFoST Coastal Branches and this one is free of charge!

Kind regards,

Denise Metcalfe
Chair: SAAFoST Northern Branch (2015-2017)
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The Speaker:

Dr Pamela Byrne is the Chief Executive Officer of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). She has a PhD in Environmental Toxicology, an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management, a BSc in Zoology and a Higher Diploma in Environmental Law. Dr Byrne was instrumental in developing Ireland's research and innovation policy programmes and also worked in the cabinet of the EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. She currently chairs the EU's Joint Programming Initiative, "A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life", and also the Strategic Advisory Board of the Institute of Food and Health in University College, Dublin.


Tuesday 28 March 2017


Dept of Food Science, Old Agriculture Building, University of Pretoria. Parking at Food Science may be limited, enter the campus via University Rd and use the parkade - see directions below. Note that the Gautrain, Hatfield station is a 10 minute walk from the Dept of Food Science.


16:00 for 16:15 Registration
16:15 - 16:20 Welcome & Announcements
16:20 - 17:00 Presentation: Dr Pamela Byrne. FSAI
17:00 - 17:15 Questions, Discussion & Thanks
17:15 - 18:00: Tea, Coffee, Biscuits & Closure


No Charge but booking is essential for catering and access to the campus please.

Deadline for bookings:

12:00 Monday 27 March


Through Irene Burke.
By e-mail: or
By Fax: 086 698 4784 or
By Telephone: 012- 349 2788


If you cannot make it, please cancel by 12:00 on Tuesday 14 March. Or, preferably, send someone in your place.


From Johannesburg / OR Tambo International Airport
From the M1 or the R21 to Pretoria, take the N1 North towards Polokwane until you reach the Lynnwood Road off-ramp.
Exit left into Lynnwood Rd and going in a westerly direction, towards the city, pass several traffic lights.
At the second set of traffic lights after Jan Shoba street (previously Duncan Street) you will find UP's main entrance on your right.
To get to the parkade, pass the main UP entrance and turn first right into University Road.
The entrance to the University from University Road is on the right.
The parkade is straight ahead of this university entrance.
The entrance to the parkade is on the Lynnwood Rd or south side of the building.