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Former European Commissioner and Food Safety Pioneer Awarded Alltech Medal of Excellence

[Dublin, IRELAND] - Alltech, a global leader in animal health and nutrition, has announced that Dr. David Byrne will be the recipient of the 2009 Medal of Excellence to be presented at Alltech's 25th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium taking place in?Lexington, Kentucky, USA from the 17th to the 20th May 2009. Dr. Byrne will be honoured for his commitment to food safety, including his revolutionary reform of the European Union's safety systems during his tenure as European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection.

"Dr. Byrne pioneered the structures of traceability, rapid response and recall within the EU. These structures are now used worldwide and are recognised as the global blueprint for feed and food safety systems. He revolutionised feed and food safety and restored consumer confidence in the industry," said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.

Dr. Byrne currently serves as non-executive director of Alltech. As part of this role, Dr. Byrne is a member of Alltech's Risk Overview Committee (ROC) where he works to ensure that the company has effective and efficient risk management structures in place.

As European Commissioner, Dr. Byrne established a three pillar strategy comprising: a full range of Food and Safety Laws; the setting up of a new independent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA); and the introduction of an effective control and enforcement mechanism.

Dr. David Byrne will also take part in the Symposium Plenary Session, where he will discuss Crisis Management in today's environment and will challenge our industry to meet, what he calls, the 'PACE Principle', i.e. to achieve long-term profitability while continuing to be conscious of animal welfare, responsive to consumer needs and environmentally friendly.

Dr. David Byrne, former Attorney General and European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection currently holds the position of Chancellor of Dublin City University. Dr. Byrne served as Attorney General of Ireland from 1997 to 1999 and was appointed as Ireland's European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection in September 1999, a position he held until 2004. Called to the bar in 1970, Dr. Byrne became Senior Counsel in 1985 and practiced in both the Irish Courts and the European Courts of Justice. He is a graduate of University College Dublin with a BA in Economics, Ethics and Politics, and studied law at King's Inns Dublin.

Under the umbrella theme of 'The Sustainability Principle - securing long term profitability in a period of crisis', Alltech's International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium? will focus on finding answers to some of the major issues facing the animal feed industry such as rising feed costs, managing in a time of crisis, sustaining and growing business in? the current environment. The meeting is regarded as a premier industry conference, known for the calibre of speakers and research presented. It will?comprise?both industry and species-specific?presentations?as well as?interactive sessions where professionals from around the world can exchange ideas and strategies and offer solutions to forge?a brighter future for the animal nutrition?industry.

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Alltech is the proud sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010(TM) to be held in Kentucky, USA from the 25th September to the 10th October 2010 and the Alltech European Championships to be held in Windsor, United Kingdom from the 25th to the 30th August 2009.