Peter Berry Ottaway BSc CSci CBiol MSB FIFST FRSPH
Peter Berry Ottaway is a food scientist and technologist with considerable experience in food law. After graduating from the University of London, England in 1963 he was involved in pure research followed by employment in applied research management with two multinational food companies. In 1974 he formed a scientific consultancy (Berry Ottaway & Associates Limited) specialising in food science, technology, nutrition and food law. For sixteen years he was also a director of a laboratory involved in the microbiological and chemical testing of food, water and cosmetic products.
Within the consultancy he specialises in the scientific, technological and legal aspects of dietetic foods, functional foods, food supplements and micronutrients. During his almost 50 year career in the food industry he has been involved in a very wide range of food sectors and products and accumulated considerable experience in the areas of food product development, food safety and control.
Since the early 1980s Peter has been playing an active role in the development of European Community food legislation and has worked with governments across the world. He is the author, editor or contributor of over 20 books on food science, food technology and food law, a recent one having been translated and published in China and Russia, and for eight years was the Editor in Chief of the International Review of Food Science and Technology. He has also published a large number of papers on food science and food law. Peter was in the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) UK working party, involved in producing the early editions of the British food good manufacturing practice (GMP) guides, and was Chair of the group during the revisions for the 5th edition. He led the European working group that produced a European quality guide for food supplements in 2007, and was part of the international team that worked on a global GMP guide for supplements, published in June 2011. He has presented on GMP to regulators and industry around the globe.
He has visiting lectureships at four British Universities and one American University and has presented papers at over 60 international conferences. Peter was treasurer of the Sports Nutrition Foundation (8 years), Chair of the IFST, UK, Technical and Legislative Committee for 5 years (on the committee for 20 years), Chair of the EFFOST European Working Group on Public Acceptance of New Food Technologies (4 years) and Chair of the UK Food Standards Agency Working Group of Food Irradiation (4 years). He has also been on a number of national and international committees on the problems of sports doping.
Peter has provided technical advice to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) in the UK since the late 1980s and to a European association since the early 1990s. He has been heavily involved with the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) since its creation in 1998, regularly attending Codex Additives and Contaminants meetings on IADSA’s behalf.
At the IADSA Annual General Meeting in Verona, Italy in March 2014, Peter’s many years of providing technical support to the food supplement industry were recognised when he was awarded the IADSA Global Leadership Award for his world-leading experience and analysis of the technical regulatory issues impacting the sector.
(above) Peter receiving the IADSA Global Leadership Award from the outgoing Chair of IADSA, Peter Zambetti.