International Fresh Produce Association appoints new food safety leaders

U.S – In order to bolster its support team and improve food safety in the produce sector, the newly formed International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA), has tapped Gretchen Wall as its Director, Food Safety and Quality, and promoted Dr. Emily Griep to Vice President, Regulatory Compliance and Global Food Safety Standards. IFPA is the global trade association representing the fresh produce and floral supply chains. It is a new association formed under the leadership of the two previous fresh produce and floral associations, United Fresh Produce Association and Produce Marketing…

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We R Food Safety! promotes Molly Linden to Senior Food Safety and Quality Consultant

U.S – We R Food Safety! (WRFS), the only provider of food safety software supported by a full-time, top-tier industry consulting staff, has announced the promotion of Molly Linden to Senior Food Safety and Quality (FS&Q) Consultant, effective immediately. Linden previously served as a tier 1 Food Safety Consultant where she worked with clients on food safety assessments, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans, deviation reports, food safety system development or regulatory documentation. As a Senior Consultant, Linden will report directly to the Company President and oversee the…

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Dr. Brent Kobielush joins TAG’s consulting team of food safety experts

U.S – The Acheson Group (TAG), a global consulting company comprised of food safety experts with in-depth expertise and real-world experience, has announced that Dr. Brent Kobielush has joined its team of experts as director, food safety. Kobielush comes to TAG from Cargill, Inc., the largest food and feed manufacturing company in the world, where he served as director, U.S. regulatory affairs, providing leadership and technical regulatory direction to ensure that the company’s products and processes were compliant with all applicable Food and Drug Administration food laws/regulations, and leading the…

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OFAB-Kenya honors top agricultural biotech journalists

KENYA – The Kenya Chapter of Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB-Kenya) has celebrated exemplary science journalism and honored three top journalists for their contribution in promoting agricultural biotechnology at the media awards gala. During the event, Citizen TV’s agriculture reporter Denis Otieno was crowned the overall winner while Africa Business News Network’s science journalist Mercy Tyra Murengu emerged the first runner-up after winning the Print and Online Category. Radio Maisha’s reporter Faith Kutere was the second runner-up after topping the Radio Category. The trio received plaques, certificate…

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Ghana Standards Authority elects new board members

GHANA – The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has elected six new members to its governing body with the board being led by Professor Felix Charles Mills Robertson. The Minister for Trade and Industry (MOTI), John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, inaugurated and swore-in the newly-constituted governing body of the GSA at a brief ceremony held at the head office of the authority. Other board members are Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah, Mr. Iddrisu Abdulai, Mr. Mark A. Taylor, Dr. Alexander Ampofo Donkor and Prof. Alexander Nii Otoo Dodoo, the Director General. The Minister…

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USDA welcomes new members to its advisory committee

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has commissioned 13 new members and 17 returning members to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). NACMCF provides scientific advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on public health issues relative to the safety and wholesomeness of the U.S. food supply. This includes development of microbiological criteria and review and evaluation of epidemiological and risk assessment data and methodologies for assessing microbiological hazards in foods. The committee was established…

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ISO elects DIN’s CEO Christoph Winterhalter as new policy Vice-President

GLOBAL – The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has elected Christoph Winterhalter, DIN’s CEO, as the new ISO Vice President -Policy responsible for ISO’s policy and strategy. By agreement with the German Federal Government, DIN is the acknowledged national standards body that represents German interests in European and international standards organizations. The permanent staff at DIN coordinate the entire standardization process at national level and are responsible for organizing German participation in standards work at European and international level. As part of the ISO General Assembly, members are asked to…

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STOP Foodborne Illness appoints Dr. Vanessa Coffman as new Director

U.S — Dr. Vanessa Coffman , has joined the STOP Foodborne Illness, the national nonprofit public health organization dedicated to the prevention of illness and death from foodborne pathogens, fraternity  as Director of the Alliance. The Alliance is an initiative between STOP and 15 leading food companies committed to strengthening food safety culture. Alliance members include Walmart, Costco, Kellogg’s, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Conagra, among others. Coffman joins STOP following her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois Chicago where she conducted research on the impact of nitrate-contaminated water on childhood health,…

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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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