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Interim boss for FSANZ as Booth departs

11th August 2021 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

Adjunct Professor Mark Booth has left the Food Standards Australia New Zealand to take up a new role with an international management consultancy based in Melbourne.

Booth had been chief executive of the trans-Tasman agency that develops Australia and New Zealand food standards since 2017 and had his last day on 6 August.

Mark Booth

He has now joined Nous Group as a principal having spent the past 20 years in the public sector, mostly working in health, including 11 years with the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

FSANZ has appointed Dr Sandra Cuthbert as interim chief executive while a permanent replacement is sought at the organisation, which is also looking for a permanent chair.

Cuthbert is a former FSANZ general manager, and according to acting chair Steve McCutcheon “brings a wealth of experience to the role”, including managing FSANZ stakeholder engagement, corporate and food safety functions between 2018 and 2021.

“Most recently Dr Cuthbert led the Commonwealth-State Relations Branch within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where she supported National Cabinet and fostered strong relationships while challenging priorities were progressed,” McCutcheon said.

McCutcheon thanked Booth for his service to the agency which he “ably led over the last four-and-a-half years, leaving the agency in a strong position to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future”.

The agency, which is governed by a board of 12 members, has been looking for a new chair since Robyn Kruk finished her term in March 2021.

McCutcheon, himself a former FSANZ chief executive from 2007 to 2017, took up the role in April.

The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code regulates the use of ingredients, processing aids, colourings, additives and vitamins and minerals and covers the composition of some foods, such as dairy, meat and beverages.

The Food Standards Code also includes some labelling requirements for packaged and unpackaged food, such as specific mandatory warnings or advisory labels.



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