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The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has hired Dr. Donna M. Garren to be its new VP of regulatory and technical affairs. In her new role, which begins Oct. 3, Garren will head up AFFI’s regulatory, technical and scientific affairs department.
“Donna is a proven food industry leader with an impressive track record of addressing a broad range of key regulatory issues, including food safety and nutrition,” noted Kraig R. Naasz, president and CEO of McLean, Va.-based AFFI, a national trade association that promotes the interests of all segments of the frozen food industry. “[She] has extensive trade association and private-sector experience coordinating with government agencies, food companies and public interest groups. Her considerable food policy expertise will help strengthen AFFI’s highly valued scientific and regulatory efforts on behalf of the entire frozen food industry.”
Garren was previously president and general manager of NSF International’s Davis Fresh program, in which capacity she oversaw efforts to assist food growers, retailers and processors with regulatory compliance and develop food safety programs. She has also held senior food safety and health positions with the Consumer Goods Forum, the National Restaurant Association and the United Fresh Produce Association.