F.M.I. hires director of government relations

by Eric Schroeder
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ARLINGTON, VA. — Robert Rosado has joined the Food Marketing Institute as director of government relations. Mr. Rosado will focus on legislation that impacts supermarkets in the areas of food safety, health care, food deserts and the 2012 farm bill.

“Rob has a broad range of expertise in food and agriculture that will be very helpful to F.M.I. and its members,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of the F.M.I. “His background also includes working with federal agencies on many issues related to the food retail industry."

Prior to joining the F.M.I., Mr. Rosado was policy manager for the food and agriculture issues at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Before joining BIO, he was director of legislative and political affairs for the Foreign Agriculture Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While at the U.S.D.A., Mr. Rosado managed legislative and communications activities for the agency and the U.S.D.A. on international issues, including the farm bill, trade, foreign market development and food assistance issues. He spent five years as senior director of legislative affairs at the American Meat Institute.

Mr. Rosado received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and economics from Drew University in Madison, N.J.

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