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Episode 22

Frank Yiannas on Netflix’s Poisoned, Bio-Derived Polymers in Packaging

Learn from the brightest minds in food science in the October episodes of the Omnivore podcast.

For a few days in August, the Netflix film, “Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food,” became the most watched documentary in the world, and created a ripple effect of consumer anxiety and confusion about the safety of the U.S. food system. In this episode, Omnivore talks with one of the experts interviewed for the documentary, FDA’s former Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas, about what he thought of the final documentary and what he wishes had made the final cut. Also in this episode, packaging expert Claire Koelsch Sand discusses advances in the use of bioderived polymers in food and beverage packaging.

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Frank Yiannas Frank Yiannas served as deputy commissioner for food policy and response at the U.S. FDA from 2018 to 2022, and previously in senior food safety and policy roles at Walmart and Disney. You can read more of his thoughts about the Poisoned documentary at, and in the October issue of Food Technology.

Claire Koelsch Sand Claire Koelsch Sand is the owner of Packaging Technology and Research and a contributing editor with Food Technology magazine.

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