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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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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