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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  • USDA Announces Important Safety Measures for Poultry

    From 2013 to 2015, three major outbreaks of foodborne illness were linked to poultry products contaminated with Salmonella. The second—tied to Foster Farms, the sixth-largest chicken producer in the United States—called into question the approach taken by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that is responsible for... Read More

  • Congress Approves Historic Increase in Food Safety Funding

    In a victory for American consumers, the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress on Dec. 15 included an additional $104.5 million for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to continue implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Read More

  • Major Steps Forward for U.S. Food Safety System

    In a significant achievement for public health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released final rules on November 13 that promise to reduce the number of Americans sickened by tainted food. The rules, which govern fresh produce and imported food, are foundational pieces of the prevention-based system that the agency has been developing since Congress passed the FDA Food Safety... Read More