Susan A. Ferenc, DVM, Ph.D., Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Policy at the Grocery Manufacturers of America has been named to the Advisory Committee of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA).

As a member of HRCA’s Advisory Committee, Dr. Ferenc will offer ideas and advice about the direction and activities of the Center, and will attend its biennial meeting in June of this year. Issues to be addressed at this year’s meeting include the role of food safety in international trade, bovine spongiform encephaloathy (BSE) and food biotechnology.

“Dr. Ferenc’s strong experience in risk assessment and in international scientific issues makes her particularly well suited to represent the food industry on this prestigious advisory panel,” said C. Manly Molpus, President and CEO of GMA.

“It is a great honor to be asked to join the advisory committee,” said Dr. Ferenc. “Risk analysis is imperative in maintaining a safe food supply, particularly as it relates to international trade. As negotiations proceed at WTO and Codex Ailmentarius, Harvard Center for Risk Analysis and GMA will work together to promote the crucial role that science based risk assessments play in the development of trade rules.”

HCRA’s mission is to provide a “big picture” view of public health by comparing and ranking a wide range of hazards, analyzing the results of dealing with those hazards in various ways, and developing sound scientific data identifying policy choices that are most likely to achieve the greatest health, safety, and environmental benefits with the most efficient use of finite resources.

GMA is the world’s largest association of food, beverage and consumer product companies. With U.S. sales of more than $460 billion, GMA members employ more than 2.5 million workers in all 50 states. The organization applies legal, scientific and political expertise from its member companies to vital food, nutrition and public policy issues affecting the industry. Led by a board of 44 Chief Executive Officers, GMA speaks for food and consumer product manufacturers at the state, federal and international levels on legislative and regulatory issues. The association also leads efforts to increase productivity, efficiency and growth in the food, beverage and consumer products industry.