NRA names John Zimmermann as 2021 Outstanding Food Safety Leader

U.S – The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has named John Zimmermann, Vice President of quality assurance and food safety at First Watch Restaurants, as the 2021 Outstanding Food Safety Leader. The award recognizes an individual’s dedication to food safety through personal and career accomplishments such as improving food safety systems or processes, introducing innovations to manage food supplies or foodservice operations, or mentoring other foodservice professionals. This year, the award also acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of food safety leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Restaurant Association is a restaurant…

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GFSI adds 6 industry experts to its Steering Committee

GLOBAL – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has announced the addition of 6 industry experts to its Steering Committee including several new retail members, a step that will strengthen GFSI’s governance and help add important voices to the development of GFSI’s global strategy. GFSI is a CEO-led Coalition of Action from The Consumer Goods Forum, bringing together 38 retailers and manufacturers and an extended food safety community to help oversee food safety standards for businesses and help provide access to safe food for people everywhere. The Steering Committee members…

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Vickie Kloeris elected Institute of Food Technologists’ new president

U.S – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has announced Vickie Kloeris as its 82nd president succeeding Noel Anderson, IFT’s 2020-2021 president. IFT is a nonprofit scientific institute committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system. Kloeris retired from NASA where she worked in space food systems for a total of 34 years. Her last position was as the manager of the International Space Station Food System. In her role, she served as technical manager for the NASA contract that produces food for…

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Ruth Petran takes over as new IAFP President

U.S – The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), a member-based association of more than 4,500 food safety professionals committed to advancing food safety worldwide, has announced Ruth Petran as their new president. Ruth Petran, who is a senior food safety advisor at the Acheson Group, and founder of Ruth Petran Consulting in Eagan, Minn, assumed the presidency at the conclusion of IAFP 2021, taking over from Roger Cook. The association’s presidency is a one-year term that all executive board members eventually assume as they progress through the ranks. As…

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FSAI announces appointment of new Scientific Committee

IRELAND – The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has announced the appointments to its new Scientific Committee which will offer expert scientific advice on all aspects of food safety and nutrition. The Scientific Committee comprises of 15 members from a variety of backgrounds, appointed by the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly T.D. Where deemed appropriate, sub-committees are formed to examine specific areas of interest. The Committee which is under the FSAI Act, 1998, focuses on a range of topics that can benefit public health and food safety policies. Its…

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Indian company Licious appoints industry veteran Himanshu Verma as CPTO

INDIA – Licious, an Indian company that operates an e-commerce platform for the D2C fresh meat and seafood brand, has announced the appointment of Himanshu Verma, an industry veteran with over two decades of experience, as Chief Product & Technology Officer (CPTO). Since its inception in 2015, Licious has been building technology to resolve customer pain points related to quality, hygiene, freshness, and convenience. Himanshu’s last assignment was with Amazon, where he served as Director of Product & Engineering. Prior to that, Himanshu has served as CTO at Yatra.com, one…

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FDA’s Kevin Smith to receive 2021 Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award

U.S – Kevin Smith, senior advisor for food safety at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is the 2021 recipient of the Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award. Smith will receive the award on July 15 at the virtual 2021 NEHA Annual Education Conference, as announced by National Science Foundation (NSF) International, an independent agency of the U.S government that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering ,and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) announced…

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ARSO unanimously elects Ghana’s Professor Alex Dodoo as president

AFRICA – Professor Alex Dodoo has been elected as president of the 26th General Assembly of the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO). ARSO is Africa’s inter-governmental standards body formed by the then Organization of African Unity (currently the African Union) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Accra, Ghana in 1977. Its fundamental mandate is to develop tools for standards development and harmonization and the implementation of these systems to enhance Africa’s internal trading capacity, increase its product and service competitiveness globally, uplift the welfare of African…

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Professor Susan Jebb appointed as chairperson of UK food safety regulatory body FSA

UK-The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Professor Susan Jebb, the Oxford BRC’s Theme Lead for Obesity, Diet and Lifestyle in 2007 as their new chairperson. FSA is a non-ministerial government department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting public health in relation to food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The appointment was rubber-stamped on 11 June following a hearing at the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee and is valid as from 1 July 2021. She takes over as the permanent…

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