Donald Zink Assumes Presidency of the International Association for Food Protection

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Friday, August, 22, 2014

Des Moines, Iowa - Dr. Donald L. Zink assumed the presidency of the International Association for Food Protection at the conclusion of IAFP 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

President Donald Zink is the Senior Science Advisor for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in College Park, Maryland. Prior to his current position, he served as a Senior Food Scientist in the Office of Food Safety with CFSAN.

Dr. Zink has been an IAFP member since 1996 and a member of the Capital Area IAFP Affiliate since 2010. He is a past member of the European Symposium Organizing Committee, has been a member of several Professional Development Groups, and served on several IAFP awards selection committees, including the Black Pearl Award Selection Committee. In 2003, Dr. Zink gave the Ivan Parkin Lecture at the IAFP Annual Meeting and has been an invited speaker at numerous meetings, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Dr. Zink holds a B.S. from Abilene Christian University and an M.S. in Microbiology and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Texas A&M University.

In addition to Dr. Zink, other members of the Executive Board include:

President-Elect, Alejandro Mazzotta, Ph.D., Chobani Inc., Medford, NJ
Vice President, Linda Harris, Ph.D., University of California–Davis, Davis, CA
Secretary, MickeyParish, Ph.D., U.S. FDA, College Park, MD
Past President, Donald Schaffner, Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Affiliate Council Chairperson, Turonda Crumpler, BP West Coast Products, LLC, LaPalma, CA

About International Association for Food Protection

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) represents more than 4,000 food safety professionals committed to Advancing Food Safety Worldwide®. The association includes educators, government officials, microbiologists, food industry executives and quality control professionals who are involved in all aspects of growing, storing, transporting, processing and preparing all types of foods. Working together, IAFP members, representing more than 70 countries, help the association achieve its mission through networking, educational programs, journals, career opportunities and numerous other resources.

For more information, contact:

International Association for Food Protection

6200 Aurora Avenue, Suite 200W

Des Moines, IA 50322-2864 USA

Phone: +1 515.276.3344; +1 800.369.6337

Fax: +1 515.276.8655


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