Sarasin, Bailey to leadership in food safety education

by Eric Schroeder
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ARLINGON, VA. — Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute, and Pamela G. Bailey, president and c.e.o. of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, have been elected to leadership positions with the Partnership for Food Safety Education (P.F.S.E.). The P.F.S.E. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public health through research-based, actionable consumer food safety education.

Ms. Sarasin, a member of the P.F.S.E. board of directors since 2008, was named chairman of the board. She succeeds Bryan Silbermann, president and c.e.o. of the Produce Marketing Association. Prior to joining the F.M.I., she was president and c.e.o. of the American Frozen Food Institute from 1999-2008.

"This is a unique time for the Partnership and its members as the administration and Congress evaluate how to improve food safety," Ms. Sarasin said. "The Partnership has always understood the importance of educating consumers about food safety. I am honored to serve as chairman."

Ms. Bailey has been named vice-chairman for the P.F.S.E. Prior to joining the G.M.A., she was president and c.e.o. of the Personal Care Products Council from 2005-09. Earlier, she was president and c.e.o. of the Advanced Medical Technology Association.

"The Partnership board has been stepping up its work to improve programming and activate a wider network of public and private sector organizations in national food safety education," Mr. Silbermann said. "The knowledge and experience that Leslie and Pam bring to the leadership of the P.F.S.E. board will be invaluable to these efforts."

Other members of the P.F.S.E. board include: Robert E. Brackett, G.M.A.; Patricia K. Buck, Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention; Stan Hazan, NSF International; Robert L. Garfield, American Frozen Food Institute; Judy A. Harrison, University of Georgia; Joanne Ivy, American Egg Board; Mr. Silbermann, Produce Marketing Association; Jennifer Weber, American Dietetic Association; and Christopher Waldrop, Consumer Federation of America.

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