Dr Andrew McKenzie has been confirmed as the executive director of the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA), which comes into existence 1 July 2002. Murray Sherwin, director general of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), said the appointment recognised Dr McKenzie's leadership role in food safety in NZ. Dr McKenzie was appointed to manage the establishment of an integrated food safety agency in 1999 after an extensive national and international recruitment search. He has managed MAF Food Assurance Authority in the intervening period, creating a highly credible international food assurance agency, and was chief of MAF's Regulatory Authority.