Sandra Eskin directs Pew's work on food safety. The campaign seeks to reduce health risks from foodborne pathogens by working with the federal government, industry, and other stakeholders to improve food safety.
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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An ongoing outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infection linked to contact with cattle has left 46 people sick in 14 states, 15 of whom are younger than 5. The cases have been linked to contact with cattle, in particular male calves born to dairy cows, with some of the patients reportedly falling ill after their calves became sick. The affected cattle have been traced back to... Read More
An ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to imported Maradol papayas from Mexico has resulted in more illnesses than any other U.S. outbreak in 2017 so far. More than 200 people from 23 states have been connected to this outbreak, and one death has been reported. Papayas sourced from a number of farms in Mexico have been identified as the likely outbreak source. However, the... Read More
For those who produce our food and oversee its safety, understanding how and why a foodborne disease outbreak occurred is a vital step in avoiding future ones and reducing the estimated 48 million illnesses caused each year by Salmonella, E. coli, and other microorganisms. The Pew Charitable Trusts is working with federal food safety officials, representatives of food companies, and other experts... Read More