Jamie Ayton has been with NSW Department of Primary Industries since 1995. He has worked for most of that time with the edible oil industries in Australia, mainly olive oil and canola. He has coordinated research projects determining quality and authenticity of these and other products.
More recently, Jamie has been involved in the honey industry, initially completing a comprehensive literature review of honey chemistry. Subsequently he has developed analytical methods for the analysis of quality characteristics in honey in the NSW DPI laboratories in Wagga Wagga. He is currently coordinating a project, funded by AgriFutures and NSW DPI, aimed at developing a database of the composition of Australian honey.
Jamie is a member of several technical committees, including Standards Australia, U.S. Pharmacopeia, the American Oil Chemists Society, the International Olive Council, and the Australian Oilseeds Federation. He and his team participate in worldwide inter-laboratory proficiency programs to ensure the accuracy of analytical results and they maintain NATA (ISO 17025) accreditation for their facilities.