Christine Murphy, newly appointed head of corporate relations at
the Meat and Livestock Commission, said she aims to ’put a new
perspective into the way the public views food health issues’.
Murphy joins the MLC in mid-May from the Public Health Laboratory
Service, where she is head of press and external relations. She has been
at the PHLS since 1989, and before that worked for the Department of
Health press office where she specialised in infectious diseases.
Murphy will oversee the MLC’s ten-strong central press and design team
in Milton Keynes and co-ordinate six regional press officers.
She will be replacing press and industry relations manager Colin Smith,
who has worked for the Meat and Livestock Commission since its inception
30 years ago. He is moving to Ipswich as industry relations manager for
the MLC’s eastern and central England region.
Commenting on the on-going controversy over food safety, Murphy said:
’With BSE and E.coli Joe Bloggs may think Britain is unique and failing
with food safety, but Britain has some of the best food surveillance
standards in the world, so sometimes a problem is over emphasised.
’Take E.coli, there have been recent outbreaks in Japan where 10,000
people were involved and there have been other cases in the US, but the
media has covered the recent Lanarkshire outbreak as if it’s
She added: ’I have the knowledge of these organisms and can put these
relatively small outbreaks into proper perspective. The public, also
thinks that food risks are an increasing problem - this is not borne out
by the statistics.’