IFT Professional Member Joy Dubost Nominated to FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committee. Fellow Member Christine Bruhn Continues to Serve

February 9, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHICAGO – Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) member Joy Dubost, PhD, RD was appointed to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Risk Communication Advisory Committee as a non-voting industry representative. Fellow member Christine Bruhn, PhD serves through September 2011.

Dr. Dubost is currently a Principal Nutritionist for PepsiCo’s Nutrition Communication team and a professional member of IFT. She earned her Ph.D. in Food Science at Pennsylvania State University. In addition to being a food scientist she is also a Registered Dietitian and has worked in the areas of clinical, counseling, wellness programs, academia and the food industry.

Dr. Dubost will be joining an established group of scientific professionals on the FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee to advise the Commissioner on ways to effectively communicate risk associated with FDA-regulated products and to help ensure the safety and efficacy of FDA-regulated products for human use.  The Committee reviews and evaluates strategies and programs designed to communicate risks and benefits of FDA-regulated products to the public, and reviews and evaluates research relevant to such communications to the public.  The Committee is made up of 15 voting members, including the Chair, who are selected by the Commissioner. 

IFT member Christine Bruhn, PhD, with expertise in Consumer Risk Perception and Food Safety Communication, is currently serving a four-year term as a voting member of the Committee, which began in 2007.  During her tenure on the Advisory Committee, she helped the Committee in addressing communication with FDA regulatory authority on various topics including foodborne illness outbreaks and labeling.

For a complete list of FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committee members visit: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/RiskCommunicationAdvisoryCommittee/ucm116549.htm


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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeannie Houchins, MA, RD
312.604.0231
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