Robert Brackett to director of food safety center

by Eric Schroeder
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CHICAGO — Robert E. Brackett, Ph.D., has been named the new director and vice-president of the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (N.C.F.S.T.) at Illinois Institute of Technology (I.I.T). The N.C.F.S.T. is a research consortium that addresses the food safety implications of emerging technologies in food processing and packaging and supports the development of safe food with health-promoting properties from farm to fork.

Mr. Brackett most recently was senior vice-president and chief science and regulatory officer for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a position he has held since 2007.

“I am excited to be joining such a highly respected research institute,” Mr. Brackett said. “N.C.F.S.T.’s past successes are only a foreshadowing of what I believe a strong collaboration of academia, industry and government can do to advance food safety and nutrition in the U.S. and beyond.”

Mr. Brackett has nearly 30 years of experience in scientific research in industry, government and academia. Prior to his position at the G.M.A., he worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), where he started as a senior microbiologist in the Office of Plant and Dairy Foods and Beverages in 2000. He later was named director of CFSAN, a position he held from 2004 to 2007. Earlier in his career, Mr. Brackett held professorial positions with North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and the University of Georgia in both its Department of Food Science and Technology and the Center for Food Safety and Quality Enhancement.

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