The COVID-19 Advisory Group has been created to assess the impact of COVID-19 and propose relevant policy positions, signpost to credible resources created by others, and generate additional complimentary IFST resources to populate our COVID-19 Knowledge Hub with scientifically robust and practical guidance for individuals, and for food operations. They are working closely with our internal IFST communities, other professional bodies and external Government agencies and departments to equip everyone with the best advice at this time.
Chair: Chris Gilbert-Wood (also Chair of IFST Scientific Committee)
Committee Members: Ivan Bartolo, Sue Bell, Julian Cooper, Sterling Crew, Sam Jennings, Andy Kerridge, Peter Littleton, Louise Manning, John Points, Denis Treacy, Peter Wareing.
And from the IFST Team: Natasha Medhurst and Rachel Ward.
COVID-19 Advisory Group was awarded the President’s Special Award. Helen Munday, IFST President, said it was important to recognise the special achievements of this group, which was formed quickly in response to the pandemic and met twice weekly for the first few months. The Group’s output included the COVID-19 Knowledge Hub. The Group’s work proved an invaluable way for IFST to ensure knowledge and expertise was shared throughout the membership and provided a great platform for IFST’s conversations with key contacts, such as DEFRA and FSA. Congratulations to both!