A TOP academic from the University of Southampton has been appointed to a leading role advising the Government.

Professor Guy Poppy will become the chief scientific adviser at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in August.

One of the country’s leading experts on food systems and food security, he will continue research into global food security at the university, but will stand down from his post as Director of Interdisciplinary Research.

In his new role, Prof Poppy will provide expert advice to the Government and help to ensure high standards in food safety standards.

Prof Poppy, who has published more than 100 academic papers, joined the university in 2001.

He said: “Food is essential for human wellbeing and the increasingly complex food system brings benefits and risks to our daily lives.

“High quality and independent science is required to allow government and consumers to make informed decisions, especially at a time where food security and food costs are becoming increasingly debated.

“I look forward to serving as the chief scientific adviser to the FSA and will help contribute to ensuring that there is safer food for the nation.”