Anne Clayson

Picture Anne ClaytonAnne is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Food and Tourism Management at MMU. Expertise is food and environmental science, specifically microbiology and toxicology.

She is currently undertaking a large-scale research project into the environmental impact factors on the gene expression of Listeria monocytogenes. Anne began her career in enforcement of food safety and environmental protection law. As a qualified Environmental Health Practitioner, she has worked in a range of commercial settings, including working with farmers and small businesses. She has worked closely with the MFRC at MMU to improve the safety and quality of food across a number of Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the food manufacturing sector in the North West of England.

From 2000 to 2010 Anne was the UK Food Standards Agency Risk Assessment expert on the DEFRA Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food. She was instrumental in improving the openness of the surveillance process and the communication of pesticide residue surveillance findings, changing the UK committee reporting process and accessibility of information to the public on pesticide residues in food. Her other research academic interests also include: prion diseases and the historical significance of BSE in relation to the current prevalence of human neurodegenerative disorders. Anne is also involved in a range of initiatives in the area of food sustainability, diet and health. She teaches on the postgraduate programmes and supervises postgraduate degree students. She has responsibility for the management, co-ordination and development of the postgraduate offer at MMU in Food, Nutrition and Health.