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.
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Data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) for 2016 demonstrate that the United States continues to make little progress driving down the rates of infection by bacteria commonly transmitted through food. FoodNet is the U.S. surveillance system for foodborne illness. It tracks confirmed outbreaks in a... Read More
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 23 people in nine states had been infected as of March 21 with a particularly dangerous strain of E. coli linked to I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butters and Granola products. Twenty of the reported victims are younger than 18, and 10 have been hospitalized. Seven have developed a type of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome... Read More
Twenty-one food companies, retailers, and trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators on March 15 urging their continued support for increased funding of the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act. Read More