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December 12, 2012
The British Retail Consortium's (BRC) Food and Sustainability team has appointed two new policy advisers to drive forward work on the environment and food safety.

Alice Ellison is the BRC's new Environment Policy Adviser. She was previously a Policy Manager on transport and environment issues for London Councils, the representative body for London's 33 boroughs, where she led work on local environmental quality, waste, aviation and rail policy.

Alice will now lead on the development and delivery of policies relating to a wide range of environmental issues including climate change, packaging, food waste, the On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) and resource efficiency. She will also oversee A Better Retailing Climate, a sector-wide voluntary initiative setting goals to reduce the environmental impact of the sector in the run-up to 2013.

The team also recently appointed Elizabeth Andoh-Kesson as a Food Policy Adviser. She is responsible for policy negotiations on food safety including microbiological safety, food contaminants and contact materials and food incident management. Elizabeth will lead work with the Food Standards Agency on retailers' commitments to reduction of campylobacter in poultry and assist the formulation of guidance/consumer information to promote food safety. She will also engage in the development of target setting for articles and substances coming into contact with food.

Prior to joining the BRC, Elizabeth was Legislation and Technical Manager at the British Meat Processors Association and lobbied government on issues including salt reduction in meat products, labelling and hygiene controls.

Andrew Opie, British Retail Consortium Director of Food and Sustainability, said: "We're delighted to have Alice and Elizabeth on board. They bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their respective policy areas, both of which form a key part of our activity going into 2013."

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