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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In July, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate committees on appropriations approved their respective agriculture appropriations bills for fiscal year 2016, allocating discretionary funds to food, agriculture, and health-related agencies. Read More
Families Affected by Contaminated Peanut Butter Pivotal to Enactment and Implementation of Food Safety Law
In September, a federal court in Albany, Georgia, will sentence three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives for crimes committed during one of the worst foodborne illness outbreaks in recent history. A jury found last year that the PCA executives knowingly shipped peanut butter and paste contaminated with a virulent strain of Salmonella that was used in ice cream, crackers,... Read More
For the fourth summer in a row, concerns about the safety of imported cilantro are underscoring the importance of robust funding for U.S. food safety. Hundreds of people in the United States have been infected with Cyclospora, a foodborne parasite, and outbreaks have been linked, at least tentatively, to Mexican cilantro. U.S. authorities are investigating an ongoing Cyclospora outbreak in which... Read More