AOAC International appoints new Deputy Executive Director and Chief Science Officer, promotes some staff

U.S – AOAC International has appointed Dr. Katerina (Kate) Mastovska as the new Deputy Executive Director and Chief Science Officer. AOAC International is a well-known, impartial, third-party, not-for-profit organization that creates voluntary chemical and microbiological consensus standards. “I’m delighted to join the AOAC staff and lead the team of dedicated scientists. AOAC has a critical role in food safety, and…

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Frank Yiannas bows out from his role as FDA’s Deputy Commissioner, Food Policy and Response

U.S – Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner, Food Policy and Response, FDA has submitted his resignation from the agency citing his concern that the decentralized structure of the foods program significantly impaired the FDA’s ability to operate as an integrated food team and protect the public. Yiannas took the mantle as the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Food Response and Policy in…

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Lisa Robinson unanimously elected to Stop Foodborne Illness board

U.S – Lisa R. Robinson has been chosen as the newest board member of Stop Foodborne Illness (STOP), a national nonprofit organization that promotes the adoption of effective food safety regulations and a shift in industry culture. Robinson, who currently serves as Vice President of Global Food Safety and Public Health for Ecolab’s Research, Development & Engineering division, will start…

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USDA swears in new Food Safety Under Secretary

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has appointed José Emilio Esteban, Ph.D., as the organization’s new Under Secretary for Food Safety. Dr. Esteban joined the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in 2001 and held the roles of Laboratory Director for the Western Laboratory, Scientific Advisor for laboratory services and research coordination, and Executive Associate for laboratory…

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Applied Microbiology International names winners of 2022 awards

UK – Applied Microbiology International, the oldest microbiology society in the UK, has announced the winners of the Applied Microbiology International Awards for the year 2022 in a magnificent ceremony held at London’s Science Museum. The awards honor the top minds in the industry and raise awareness of the people, organizations, initiatives, and products that are reshaping the area of…

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Sandra Craig bags Rudy award in recognition of her contributions to restaurant sector

U.S. – Sandra Craig, an employee of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), has received the Rudy Award, which is given to someone whose work has a beneficial effect on the restaurant sector in and around Columbia. Craig is the Director of DHEC’s Bureau of Environmental Health Services’ Division of Food and Lead Risk Assessment. DHEC…

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South African Bureau of Standards gets new Board after four-year absentia

SOUTH AFRICA – After four years of functioning without a permanent Board or a full-time Chief Executive Officer, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Competition has named eight individuals to the board of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for a five-year term. Ebrahim Patel, the Minister of Trade and Industry, claims that despite having been in operation for…

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Food Standards Scotland appoints four new Board members

SCOTLAND – The Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has appointed four new Board members who will support the organization’s efforts to safeguard consumers from food safety hazards and encourage a healthy diet. The new Board members, Mrs. Christina Bichan, Dr. Paula Charlesworth, Mr. Phillip Couser, and Miss Kate Richards, were all chosen by Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Public Health, Women’s…

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GFSI appoints Lalaina Randriamanantsoa as Senior Technical Manager

GLOBAL – Lalaina Randriamanantsoa has returned to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as Senior Technical Manager. With a focus on protecting consumers, Lalaina’s wealth of experience delivers a variety of viewpoints and practical approaches to food safety management. “This is more than just work for me, coming from Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, where access…

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TOMRA Food appoints Paul Slupecki Head of TOMRA Fresh Food

BELGIUM – Following the reorganization of Tomra Food into two business areas, Tomra Fresh Food and Tomra Processed Food, in early 2021, the company has appointed Paul Slupecki as Senior Vice President, Head of TOMRA Fresh Food. TOMRA Fresh Food is the global leader in integrated packhouse solutions for fresh fruit and vegetables. These solutions include sorting, grading, peeling, analytical,…

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