New deputy chief for Food Authority

NSW Food Authority Director-General George Davey today announced the appointment of Craig Sahlin to the new position of Deputy Director-General of the Authority.

Sahlin, previously the head of science and policy at the Authority, will have overall responsibility for leading policy and strategy development and program delivery at the agency, working alongside Davey as head of the food safety watchdog.

With over 18 years’ experience in senior leadership and policy development roles in the public and private sectors, Sahlin has been with the Food Authority and predecessor organisations since 1999. He was instrumental in developing legislation that saw the agency become Australia’s first through-chain food regulatory agency in 2004.

Sahlin has also played a leading role in the national forums established to implement the Food Regulation Agreement signed by the Council of Australian Governments in 2000.

Davey said Sahlin will play a crucial role in leading the policy and legislative programs of the Authority.

“Craig Sahlin is highly regarded within government and industry. He has performed many of the functions of deputy director-general for some time, and this appointment just confirms his crucial role in the Authority.

“He will provide sound and effective support to me in the day-to-day management of the Authority and play an important role in the next phase of the agency’s development.

“Since coming into existence only four years ago, the Food Authority has grown in stature and is being recognised for the critical work it is doing in protecting over six-million consumers from foodborne illness.

“The food industry landscape is constantly changing and presents daily challenges to regulators. Craig’s extensive experience and proven successful track record will be invaluable in helping meet these challenges.”

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