A veterinarian, Apostolos Rantsios is a graduate of Thessaloniki University’s Military Medical School and has completed postgraduate study in Britain, Germany and the US. He has had a great deal of experience in national and international agencies and organizations. He sits on a number of scientific councils and committees in Greece (the Hellenic Food Authority [EFET], the Greek Standardization Organization [ELOT], and the Agricultural Products Certification and Control Organization), as well as abroad (the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the WHO and FAO Food Code Committee, and others). For 10 years, Rantsios was president of a NATO working group on health and food technology. Until recently, he was president of the World Veterinary Association, and for 10 years of the Greek Veterinary Association. He is currently president of the Veterinary Society of the Balkans and the Black Sea and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. He has received a number of distinctions and awards, among them the James H. Steel prize from the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology.