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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  • Foodborne Illness Outbreaks: Costly and Preventable

    Each year, foods contaminated with bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens sicken an estimated 48 million Americans and cause more than $15 billion in economic costs. These illnesses can be reduced significantly with prevention-based requirements for food producers and robust government oversight. Pew’s research and policy recommendations inform federal food safety regulators and the... Read More

  • Another Listeria Outbreak Sickens Many

    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began investigating a recent multistate Listeria outbreak linked to bagged salads and frozen fruits and vegetables. So far, eight people have been sickened after eating products contaminated with Listeria. Read More

  • Listeria Found in Packaged Dole Salad Leads to Justice Department Probe

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating Dole Food Co.’s response to Listeria contamination in its Springfield, Ohio, plant. Dole’s internal testing program found Listeria in the facility as far back as July 2014. Public health agencies in the United States and Canada linked four deaths and 33 illnesses to a strain of the bacteria found in packaged salads produced at the... Read More

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