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 late May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its final rule for implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This rule on intentional adulteration outlines measures producers must take to protect the U.S. food supply from contaminants introduced with the intent to cause harm, including acts of terrorism and sabotage. Read More
Food contaminated with harmful bacteria can make anyone gravely ill, but people with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to contracting serious foodborne diseases. Ingesting even small amounts of harmful bacteria, parasites, or viruses can lead to life-threatening infections for Americans with cancer, diabetes, and other conditions that suppress immune response. Read More
An ongoing incident of Listeria contamination linked to frozen vegetables is causing illnesses across state and national lines. At least 350 products use the vegetables, which are distributed to retailers in all 50 states and four Canadian provinces. Read More