Maple Leaf names Huffman chief food safety officer

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TORONTO — Dr. Randall Huffman has been named chief food safety officer at Maple Leaf Foods, effective Jan. 5. He will be responsible for leading food safety and quality programs for the company.

"Dr. Huffman brings vast scientific and industry knowledge and experience to Maple Leaf in global food safety best practices," said Michael McCain, president and chief executive officer. "He will drive continuous improvement in our protocols, assets and human resource strategies that will reflect the latest research and highest standards globally."

Dr. Huffman will be involved in indentifying and assessing global best operating practices, technologies, ingredients and resources to support the company’s food safety and quality assurance measures. He also will help establish a Food Safety Advisory Council, a team whose goal will be to increase the company’s access to global knowledge and expertise in food safety, microbiology and public education.

Dr. Huffman was most recently the president of the American Meat Institute Foundation. He is also on the Cornell University Institute of Food Science Advisory Council, the Food Safety Research and Response Network Advisory Board and the Kansas State University Animal Industries Advisory Council.

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