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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has appointed George E. Dunaif, to the role of VP of food safety and technical services. Reporting to Leon Bruner, GMA SVP for scientific and regulatory affairs and chief science officer, Dunaif, board-certified toxicologist, will begin his duties on Aug. 15.
“Product safety is the No. 1 priority for GMA and its member companies,” explained Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Washington-based trade organization. “GMA has a world-class food safety practice, and … 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.”
Dunaif’s most recent position was VP, global good safety at the Campbell Soup Co. in Camden, N.J. In that role, he oversaw the company’s worldwide food safety activities, including toxicology, microbiology, process safety and analytical chemistry. He was also vice chairman of the Campbell Corporate Crisis Management Team.
While at Campbell, Dunaif represented the company as a member of many international, national and state scientific, technical and trade organizations, among them 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.
“[GMA] plays an important leadership role when it comes to food safety,” noted Dunaif, whose brief at the association will include “working with the GMA staff and the experts at its member companies to improve food safety in the U.S. and around the globe.”