The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced Monday it has added two experts to its food safety staff: Melinda Hayman, Ph.D., as the group’s director of microbiology and William Koshute, M.S., as a chemistry scientist.

“GMA has a world-class food safety practice, and I am confident that both Melinda and William have the scientific expertise and experience to help make it even more robust and effective,” said Dr. Dunaif, the group’s vice president of Food Safety and Technical Services.  “Their appointments are part of GMA’s continued commitment to strengthen its scientific and technical capabilities in critically important areas of food safety.”

According to GMA’s announcement:

Dr. Hayman is a food microbiologist with over 10 years of experience specializing in Food Safety, including government and industry appointments.  Most recently, Melinda served as Director of Technical Services at Food Safety Net Services (FSNS), where she managed Laboratory Quality Systems, Training, Method Validation, and Special Projects.  In this role, she interacted with many segments of the food industry to deliver food safety solutions for a variety of customers.

“I am thrilled to join the GMA team,” said Ms. Hayman. “GMA’s accomplishments and leadership in the food safety arena are truly impressive and I look forward to working with the GMA staff and its member companies to build on that record of success.”

William Koshute most recently served as a pharmaceutical Research Scientist for Sanofi-Aventis in analytical support for new drug applications. He has extensive experience in the areas of method development and validation, protein purification, immunodiagnostics and food biotechnology.

“It is an honor to become part of GMA,” said Mr. Koshute. “GMA has been a leader for the industry in food safety and I look forward to joining the staff and the member companies in their work to improve food safety in the U.S and around the globe.”

  • Pat Puckett

    I would hope that the grocery industry calls for any persons who bag customers’ groceries to be food safety certified. No regard is made to avoid cross contamination at any store that I shop. Meat and poultry packaging often drips and can contaminate fruits and vegetables that are in the same bag. I use the plastic bags available in the meat department to contain the tray packaging but clerks always pull the bag down so the product can be scanned. Unfortunately, they seldom, if ever, put the product back safely in the bag.