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Department of Food Science

Prof Buys heads up Department of Food Science

By Martie Meyer

Posted on 02 May 2012

Prof Elna Buys
Prof Elna Buys

Prof Elna Buys, an expert in food microbiology and food safety was recently appointed as the new Head of the Department of Food Science in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Prof  Buys is a C2-rated scientist with the National Research Foundation and was appointed from 1 February 2012. She succeeds Prof Amanda Minnaar.

Her vision for the Department is, among other goals, that it will be the academic leader in its respective research areas, including the dissemination of food science and nutrition knowledge to educate students, promote optimal health and well-being and food security and to serve the needs of South Africans and beyond. She adds: “We should also form strategic alliances to advance food security and promote health and well-being and contribute to community development in areas where we can make a difference to improve food safety and quality of food produced by the South African industry, government policies and food security and well-being of consumers.”

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