Maple Leaf names new food-safety chief

Maple Leaf names new food-safety chief

Maple Leaf Foods announced the appointment of Dr. Randall Huffman to the position of Chief Food Safety Officer for Maple Leaf Foods.

Huffman will assume this position effective January 5, 2009, reporting to Michael H. McCain, President and CEO.

He joins Maple Leaf Foods from his current role as President of the American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation. As President of the AMI Foundation, he led the Food Safety Initiative, which in the past eight years has funded over 60 food safety research projects. He also represented AMI on numerous issues related to food safety; and managed a range of research related to nutrition, diet and health issues.

As Chief Food Safety Officer, Dr. Huffman will have overall responsibility for leading Maple Leaf’s food safety and quality programmes across the Company. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Meat and Animal Science from the University of Florida and a B.S. degree in Animal Science from Auburn University.

Maple Leaf Foods is a leading food processing company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately 23,500 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. The Company had sales of $5.2 billion in 2007.

Source: Maple Leaf Foods