The Technical committee is comprised of 7 individuals from member companies. The individual members have a wide range of experience within the dried fruit and associated industries. The current Technical committee members and the companies they represent are as follows:
Mrs Fiona Bavester – Needwood Foods Ltd
Mr Richard Lawrey – Community Foods Ltd
Mr David Norwood – Humdinger Foods Ltd
Mr Simon Brown (Chairman) – John Morley (Importers) Ltd
Mr Andrew Shlyshen - Chelmer Foods
Mrs Deidre Mills – Hider Foods Ltd
Caroline Easterbrook – Whitworths Ltd
Rebecca King – George Harker & Co Ltd
The Committee meets approximately 4 times per year. The Technical committee aim to ensure that The NDFTA Council and the wider membership remain fully informed on issues of a scientific/technical nature.
The Technical committee is responsible for the design protocol, implementation and interpretation of results of the Associations surveillance programmes – Pesticide residues, Heavy metals and aflatoxin. The surveillance programme is the core responsibility of the technical committee. The results provide important data in their own right, but also may be used by members as part of a due diligence defence.
The Technical Committee has advised the Council of the NDFTA on a wide variety of issues, over the past years, in order that Council can offer an effective industry response to scientific and regulatory issues. Issues have included: