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NSF Appoints Director of Agriculture for UK Food Safety Operations

Anita Roberts brings expertise in standards development, policy formation and implementation, assurance, risk management and regulatory affairs

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, USA and Oxford, UK – NSF, a global public health and safety organization, has appointed Anita Roberts as the Director of Agriculture for NSF’s UK Food Safety Division.

In this role, Roberts will lead NSF’s agriculture business in the UK by implementing best practice systems and improvements for regional activities in the areas of business efficiency, growth, corporate governance and compliance. She will also be responsible for client management and customer service as well as the management of NSF’s UK agriculture team.

Roberts has extensive experience in the formulation and implementation of policy and procedures for the management of safety, legality and reputational risks across the agriculture, food and non-food industries. Most recently Roberts was Head of Assurance at Red Tractor, the UK’s largest and highly successful food and farming assurance scheme.

“Anita joins NSF at a challenging and exciting time for our UK food business,” said Rob Chester, Managing Director of NSF’s UK Food Safety Division. “Anita’s talent, skills, experience and enthusiasm will make a huge difference to our future. I know she is very much looking forward to helping continue the good work of our highly experienced and trusted team.”

Roberts holds a Graduate Diploma in Food Science and Technology. Prior to her position as Head of Assurance at Red Tractor she worked for Tesco Stores as the Head of Supply Chain Technology and in various roles within its Trading Law & Technical Governance department. She also worked as a Quality Assurance Manager for Superdrug Stores and as a Technical Manager at Nurdin and Peacock, PLC, responsible for establishing company technical and quality policies.

NSF’s Global Food Safety Division and Consulting and Technical Services team is backed by NSF’s 73 years of food safety experience and expertise. The team consists of experienced, multidisciplinary food safety experts focused on creating practical, tailored solutions to client food safety and quality challenges, including:

  • Consulting – NSF experts assist companies in developing HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control point) plans and assessing facilities’ compliance with Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification requirements through gap analyses, training and operational assistance.
  • Supply chain management – NSF experts design systems and processes for managing and controlling site, supplier and product compliance, quality assurance and traceability across global and complex supply chains using the latest models and customized technologies such as Portico and TraQtion. Separately from its consulting services, NSF also is a leading certifier to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards.
  • Risk assessment and management – Multidisciplinary experts utilize decades of experience and proprietary diagnostic and behavior-based assessments to address underlying causes of food safety failure and to provide a roadmap of customized actions to help companies protect their brands.
  • Crisis management – In addition to developing preventative crisis plans and training, NSF experts can help companies quickly respond to and resolve food contamination, illness and recall incidents.

For more information on NSF’s consulting and technical services, please contact George Gansner, Director, Global Business Development, Food Safety at or +1-734-913-5756, or visit NSF's food safety webpage.

Editor’s note: Media seeking more information or to schedule an interview with a NSF expert can contact Thomas Frey, APR, at or call +1 734 214 6242.

About NSF: NSF ( is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

NSF provides expertise and accredited food services across all supply chain sectors, including agriculture, animal feed and welfare, produce, processing, distribution, dairy, seafood, quality management software, retail and restaurants. NSF offers expert auditing, consulting and training across all areas of food safety. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative, foodservice equipment and nonfood compounds certification, HACCP validation and inspection, label claims verification and certification, DNA and food package testing, product and process development, and organic and Certified Transitional certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI).

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