Sandra Eskin

Sandra Eskin

  • Director
  • Food Safety,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Sandra Eskin directs Pew's work on food safety. The campaign seeks to reduce health risks from foodborne pathogens by strengthening federal government authority and the enforcement of food safety laws.

Before joining Pew, she spent nearly 20 years as a public-policy consultant to numerous consumer and public-interest Organizations during which time she provided strategic and policy advice on a broad range of consumer protection issues, in particular, food and drug safety, labeling, and advertising.

Eskin previously worked as a federal government staff attorney, a legislative representative for the Consumer Federation of America, and served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection from 2000-2006. She has also participated on the congressionally mandated Steering Committee for the Development of Useful Prescription Medicine Information. She is currently a member of the Food Safety Modernization Act Surveillance Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Before she began her tenure as the food safety project director in November 2009, Eskin was the deputy director of the Produce Safety Project (PSP), an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts at Georgetown University.  While at PSP, Eskin was a senior scholar with the O’Neil Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. She has authored numerous reports and articles on food safety topics.

Eskin received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Recent Work

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  • Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Egyptian Strawberries

    When the new import rules commence—the first takes effect in May 2017—they will help ensure that the safety standards applied to food produced domestically are also applied to items entering the United States from other countries, but only if the FDA receives the necessary funds to fully implement and enforce them. Read More

  • U.S. Food Supply Poised to Get Safer as FDA Rule Takes Effect

    An estimated 1 in 6 Americans contracts a foodborne illness each year, but that figure should decline as a result of safety measures that thousands of food facilities must implement by Sept. 19. That’s the deadline for large food processors to meet new prevention-based regulations developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which oversees the safety of roughly 80 percent of... Read More

  • Pew Highlights Need to Address Emerging Pathogens in Meat and Poultry

    Those responsible for overseeing the safety of U.S. meat and poultry must take additional steps to protect consumers from newly emerging pathogens and from evolving strains of existing microbes, according to a report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The report, “Emerging Pathogens in Meat and Poultry,” identifies the ways in which evolving bacterial and viral threats... Read More