Paul Dansted is the Director Food Regulation in the New Zealand Food Safety business unit of the Ministry for Primary Industries. His directorate is responsible for developing food production, processing, testing, and import and export standards. The directorate spends most of its time working with food and animal product sectors to ensure these standards are fit for purpose, supporting trade in safe and suitable food. Paul started his professional life as a policy analyst, and has worked in policy, operations, science, and regulatory roles. He has contributed to and led development of international food standards.