Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment and Mitigation Plan
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Thu
Karen Everstine, Ph.D. is senior manager, scientific affairs with Decernis, which delivers technology-enabled global risk management solutions for product development, compliance, safety, regulatory and market access. She has 15 years of food protection experience, most recently focused on supporting the food industry in their efforts to ensure food authenticity and compliance with the EMA-provisions of FSMA. She is the technical lead for the Food Fraud Database, which is a resource that collects and standardizes relevant food fraud data to support vulnerability assessments. She has previously held both research-based and applied roles in academia, government, and non-profit organizations, and has collaborated with members of the food industry and regulatory agencies on many projects. She received her Ph.D. and MPH from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and began her food safety career on “Team D” at the Minnesota Department of Health. She has a strong knowledge of the food regulatory landscape, is highly collaborative, and committed to the development of resources to support food safety and authenticity. She has authored many peer-reviewed journal articles, trade journal pieces, and regularly responds to media requests.