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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  • Weaknesses in FSIS's Salmonella Regulation

    The Pew Charitable Trusts analyzed the events surrounding two multistate outbreaks of salmonella infections. It identified significant weaknesses in existing federal regulations and policies aimed at controlling salmonella contamination in poultry products. Read More

  • Mr. President: Make Imported Food Safe

    On January 4, my Pew colleagues and I applauded President Obama and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for releasing two sets of draft rules central to implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the first major update to our food safety laws in more than 70 years. The law signals a long-overdue shift in FDA's food safety strategy. Instead of reacting to an outbreak after... Read More

  • Food Safety Bill Should Be Passed by the End of the Year

    • Opinion

    Millions of Americans are sickened with food-related illnesses in the United States every year, with hundreds of thousands of people hospitalized and thousands more dying as a result. Read More

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