(Washington, D.C.) Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) president and CEO, Pamela G. Bailey, today announced the appointment of George E. Dunaif, Ph.D., DABT, as vice president of food safety and technical services.
“Product safety is the number one priority for GMA and its member companies,” said Ms. Bailey. “GMA has a world-class food safety practice, and I am certain that George Dunaif has the experience and leadership skills necessary to take GMA’s food safety and technical services to an even higher level of effectiveness.”
Dr. Dunaif most recently served as Vice President, Global Food Safety at Campbell Soup Company. In that role, he was responsible for the company’s worldwide food safety function, including toxicology, microbiology, process safety and analytical chemistry. He also served as vice-chairman of the Campbell Corporate Crisis Management Team.
While at Campbell Soup Company, Dr. Dunaif represented the company as a member of many international, national and state scientific, technical and trade organizations, including the Food Allergy Resource and Research Program, Institute of Food Technologists, Society of Toxicology, New Jersey State Commission on Cancer Research, New Jersey Poison Control Center and the FAO/WHO Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants.
“I am honored to join the GMA team,” said Dr. Dunaif. “The association plays an important leadership role when it comes to food safety, and I look forward to working with the GMA staff and the experts at its member companies to improve food safety in the U.S. and around the globe.”
Dr. Dunaif received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Foods from SUNY College at Buffalo, a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Iowa State and his Ph.D. in Toxicology, with minors in Pharmacology and Pathology, from Cornell University. He is a board certified toxicologist and a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT).
Dr. Dunaif will report to Leon Bruner, GMA senior vice president for scientific and regulatory affairs and chief science officer. He will begin his duties at GMA on August 15.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.