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Carmen S. Rivera-Medina

Dr. Carmen S. Rivera-Medina received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Animal Science from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. Dr. Rivera-Medina then completed her doctoral studies in Food Science at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Throughout her career… 

Jorge Lajara Pagán

Mr. Jorge Lajara Pagán holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Food Science from The Ohio State University. He began his career in 1986 working as a college professor in… 

Dr. Robert Norton

Chair nortora@auburn.edu / 334-844-7562 Dr. Robert A. Norton, PhD, is a professor at Auburn University and currently serves as coordinator of National Security Initiatives in the Auburn University Open Source Intelligence Laboratory and program director of the Futures Laboratory, a collaborative effort… 

Trevor Gilbert

Consumer Safety Officer, Division of Produce Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA Trevor Gilbert began his career as an Agricultural Extension Officer with the Department of Agriculture and Labor in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, including various… 

Cathy Groehnert

Cathy Groehnert is a Consumer Safety Officer with the US Food and Drug Administration. Ms. Groehnert works in FDA Imports Headquarters on the FSMA team focusing on the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). In this role, she provides authoritative guidance… 

Marinee Flores-Marrero

Mrs. Marinee Flores-Marrero holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico Humacao Campus and a Master’s Degree in Food Science and Technology from University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus. She began his career in… 

Dr. John Spink

College of Agriculture & Natural Resources School of Packaging Director and Assistant Professor, Food Fraud Initiative Telephone: 517-381-4491 Email: spinkj@msu.edu Dr. John Spink has earned his Ph.D. from the Michigan State University School of Packaging in 2009 with a Dissertation topic… 

Wanda J. Torres

Ms. Wanda J. Torres is the Recall Coordinator for the Office of Human and Animal Food Operations Division 4 East. In this capacity, she monitors all recall events related to human and animal foods regulated by the FDA in Puerto… 

Melissa Hammar

Melissa Hammar is the Deputy Director of the Issuances Staff in the Food Safety and Inspection Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this position, she leads the development of numerous FSIS policy documents, including regulations, instructions to the…