Professor Lucia Anelich is one of South Africa’s best-known and experienced food microbiologists and food safety experts. She has a PhD in Microbiology and is currently Owner of her own Food Safety Training and Consulting Business, Anelich Consulting, which she started in 2011. Prior to that, she spent 5 years at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa where she established and headed up the Food Safety Initiative, a food safety body for the food industry and a first for the country. Before joining the CGCSA, she spent 25 years in academia at the Tshwane University of Technology where she was Head of Department and Associate Professor. She is the only South African and only person in Africa ever invited to join the International Commission on the Microbiological Specifications for Food (ICMSF), a major influencer of food safety globally, first woman in SA to be elected Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology, past Chair of the Scientific Council of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (the only South African holding this position), Immediate Past Chair of the Food Hygiene Committee of the South African Bureau of Standards and Immediate Past President of the South African Association for Food Science and Technology. She also acted as Food Hygiene Expert for the African Union for 4 years.
She is Adjunct Professor at the Central University of Technology, South Africa. Prof Anelich has over 40 years’ experience in microbiological food safety, is an accomplished international speaker and was instrumental in assisting industry during the listeriosis outbreak, during which she conducted over 40 media interviews. Related to COVID-19, she was the first person in SA to develop and present a webinar on SARS-CoV-2 and Food Safety in March 2020 for which over 5000 people registered. She has written numerous popular articles, press statements and opinion pieces on SARS-CoV-2 and food safety. She has recently submitted a review (upon invitation) on SARS-CoV-2 and food safety for publication and is co-authoring a white paper on this same topic with her international colleagues, which will be sent to United Nations organizations, amongst others.
She has presented over 140 talks at local and international conferences, most by invitation and is currently co-editor of 2 books on food safety.