Berry Ottaway & Associates Ltd


Berry Ottaway & Associates Ltd



Peter Berry Ottaway is a food scientist and technologist with considerable experience in food law. He graduated from the University of London, England in 1963, and was then involved in post-graduate research on an environmental health project sponsored by the World Health Organisation in Zambia. On return to Europe he was employed in food technology research followed by senior technical management positions in two multinational food companies. In 1974 he formed a scientific and technical consultancy specialising in food science, technology, nutrition and food law (Berry Ottaway and Associates Ltd). He is also a director of Mercia Testing Laboratories Ltd, which specialises in microbiological and chemical testing of food, cosmetics and water products.

Within the consultancy he specialises in the scientific, technological and legal aspects of dietetic foods, functional foods, food supplements and micronutrients.

Peter Berry Ottaway has been playing an active role in the development of European Community legislation, particularly in the area of dietetics and nutrition. He is the author of the book 'Food for Sport' and joint editor of a book 'Nutrition in Sport'. He was editor and part author of a post-graduate text book 'The Technology of Vitamins in Food', which was published in 1992 and is now in libraries in more than 35 countries. In 1995 he was commissioned by the Financial Times to write a Management Report on the Harmonisation of European Food Legislation which was published at the end of that year. He has also written or been joint author or editor of books about food preservatives, food fortification and food safety.

In addition to the books, he is the author of a number of scientific papers on food technology, food science, nutrition and the scientific aspects of food law.

He is also a visiting lecturer at both the University of Surrey and Sheffield Hallam University, England.


BSc (Hons)

Sam Jennings graduated from the University of Wales Aberystwyth in 1991 with a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology with Zoology (immunology), which included six months work experience at Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association in the Microbiology Division.

Sam worked for Imperial College School of Medicine, London in the computer unit, a position which included training students and staff on the use of computers in a medical environment. During this time she was co-author on a paper entitled “Infection control and the Internet” for the Journal of Hospital Infection, assessing the use of computers and the internet for workers in infection control.

Since having children Sam has worked from home on a consultancy basis for supplement related projects. She has been involved in researching and writing dossiers required by the European Union Food Supplements Directive and the EU Regulation on Novel Foods and also in the literature searching, interpreting and summarising of toxicology reports and bioavailability studies. She has also been involved in preparing scientific reports and papers for publication, including scientific proof-reading, and has carried out medically-oriented literature searches.

She is a contributor to the IADSA publication “The Risk Assessment and Safety of Bioactive Substances in Food Supplements” (2006).



The laboratory is managed by Drinda Withers MRSH MRIPHH. Drinda trained and worked in the Pathology Laboratories of Bristol United Hospitals before moving to St. Luke's Hospital in Guildford. She joined BOA in 1978 and now specialises in the microbiology of food and water.

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