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Ecolab's Dr. Ruth Petran Reappointed to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods

June 23, 2015

Ecolab’s Dr. Ruth Petran, vice president of Food Safety and Public Health, was appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) for the 2015-2017 term. This is Dr. Petran’s second term on the NACMCF.

Established in 1988 by USDA (Food Safety and Inspection Service), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the Department of Commerce (National Marine Fisheries Service), and the U.S. Department of Defense, NACMCF provides scientific advice on public health issues related to the safety and wholesomeness of the U.S. food supply. The committee assists in the development of microbiological criteria. In addition, it reviews and evaluates epidemiological and risk assessment data and methodologies for assessing microbiological hazards.

"NACMCF members offer invaluable insights on food safety issues," said Secretary Vilsack. "These individuals will be instrumental in protecting our nation's food supply."

The Secretary of Agriculture appoints committee members following consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Appointees are scientists from academia, industry, other organizations, and Federal and State government. Committee members serve a two-year renewable term.

At Ecolab, Dr. Petran provides technical expertise and consultation to internal and external customers on food safety and public health issues. She also works to identify and track emerging food safety trends and new control strategies.

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