HACCP Plan Development and Implementation Workshop - August 2013


Ai Kataoka, Associate Scientist, Microbiology is responsible for conducting scientific research projects in the area of microbiological food safety/stability and laboratory services such as food microbiology testing related to quality control issues and foodborne pathogen screening analysis. 

Ms. Kataoka earned her BS in food science and technology from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology and MS in food science from Kansas State University.

Melinda Hayman, Ph.D., Director, Microbiology is a food microbiologist specializing in Food Safety.  Melinda received her Ph.D. in Food Science from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. Hons in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Sydney.  Melinda joined GMA in 2012 as Director of Microbiology.  In this role she oversees critical food safety research, supports membership through technical and laboratory services and interacts with many segments of the food industry, as well as the academic and food regulatory communities, in order to track and interpret food safety issues and deliver effective solutions.

Prior to joining GMA, Melinda was the Director of Technical Services at Food Safety Net Services, where she managed Laboratory Quality Systems, Training, Method Validation, and Special Projects.  In addition, Melinda worked as a Food Microbiologist for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Sydney, Australia.

Fatemeh Ataei, Manager, Science Program Management works with a broad audience including member and potential member companies in delivering expert scientific and technical assistance to the food and consumer product goods industry.  At GMA, Ms. Ataei takes part on scientific program management activities, including managing implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Allergen Committee.  In addition, she serves on the U.S. delegation for the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables, lead liaison of the FSMA Import Certification working group, and the FSMA Supply Chain Management working group.

Ms. Ataei holds Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).