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Queen's professor appointed to Northern Ireland food task force

A Queen's University professor at the helm of investigating the horse meat scandal has just been appointed to a new UK Food Economy Task Force.

Professor Chris Elliott, director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's, now joins 15 other leading business, academic and Government experts who together make up the task force.

The new body has been launched by the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) to develop the UK's food industry.

It is the latest high-profile appointment for Professor Elliott, who just last month was chosen by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department of Health to lead an independent review of Britain's food system in light of the horse meat scandal.

Professor Elliott said: "Food production is a truly global and highly competitive business. The UK must produce the highest quality graduates that will understand the complexities and opportunities of operating in the global marketplace. The establishment of the task force is an important step in the further development of vital industry-academia partnerships."

The new body will be chaired by Justin King, chief executive at Sainsbury's, and aligns business and university activities to get maximum economic impact for the UK globally.

Dr David Docherty, NCUB chief executive, said: "Industry and higher education must unite effectively to tackle the challenges of a world-leading food sector, and the Task Force will make a major contribution to this effective collaboration."

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