Front-of-Pack: Helping Consumers Make Informed Choices

Helping Consumers Make Informed Choices Webinar

Regina Hildwine, Senior Director, Science Policy, Labeling and Standards is the GMA liaison between the industry and government agencies on food labeling technical and policy subjects. Ms. Hildwine joined GMA in 1982. She answers numerous questions from GMA members about labeling regulations, and many in the food industry consider her a point source of information on food labeling rules. In the international arena, Ms. Hildwine has participated on the U.S. delegations to three Codex Alimentarius committees, and has participated for nearly twenty years on the Codex Committee on Food Labeling.

Ms. Hildwine is a Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude graduate of Trinity University, Washington, DC, and holds a MS from the University of Maryland, with further graduate study at Princeton University.

Christie Gray, Manager, Science Policy, Labeling and Standards assists GMA members with questions regarding food labeling, as well as with meeting all of the standards for FDA and USDA regulated foods. Ms. Gray has been with GMA since 2005.

Ms. Gray received her B.S. in human nutrition from Virginia Tech and her MS in food science and technology from the University of Georgia.

Melissa Musiker, MPP, RD, LD, Director of Science Policy, Nutrition and Health, serves as a technical resource and spokesperson on food, nutrition and health regulatory and legislative policy issues for the consumer packaged goods industry. Prior to her work in public policy, Ms. Musiker was a practicing dietitian focusing on pediatric nutrition in both clinical and community settings. As a pediatric dietitian at Children’s National Medical Center her primary clinical practice areas were adolescent medicine and HIV/ AIDS medical nutrition therapy and nutrition support. There she also served as the nutrition services department internship and education coordinator, running several training programs for dietitians, nurses and physicians. Beyond her hospital-based work in clinical pediatrics, Ms. Musiker has also served as a medical nutrition therapy consultant conducting HIV/AIDS comprehensive quality assurance site visits of Title I, II and MAI Ryan White grantees in the District of Columbia. In addition to her clinical nutrition background in pediatrics, she has worked in several capacities with the WIC program [Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children] in New York, Ohio and Washington, DC. More recently she worked as an Economist at the USDA Economic Research Service where she was actively engaged in data-based policy research on the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. In addition to her professional work, Ms. Musiker is a member of the Cornell Institute of Food Science Advisory Council and the DC Metro Area Dietetic Association Board of Directors. She recently completed a term as a mayoral appointed consumer/public member on the DC State Board of Medicine.

Ms. Musiker received a BS in nutrition science from Cornell University and completed the Cornell University dietetic internship. She also has a Masters of Public Policy degree, with a focus on health policy, from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.

Sarah Levy, MPH, RD, Analyst, Science Policy, Nutrition and Health, joined the Grocery Manufacturers Association in March 2010. As a registered dietitian, she advocates for the implementation of science-based food and nutrition policies on behalf of the food and beverage manufacturing industries. Before GMA, Ms. Levy held various research positions in the fields of public health and nutrition while completing her graduate degree, and is today an active member of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area Dietetic Association.