November 13, 2008
Maple Leaf Foods has announced the appointment of Dr. Randall Huffman to the position of Chief Food Safety Officer.
As Chief Food Safety Officer, Huffman will have overall responsibility for leading Maple Leaf's food safety and quality programmes across the company. This will involve identifying and assessing global best operating practices, technologies, ingredients and resources that support Maple Leaf's leadership in food safety and quality assurance.
Huffman will also support the establishment of Food Safety Advisory Council, a team of experts who will increase the company's access to global knowledge and expertise in areas of food safety, microbiology and public education.
Huffman joins Maple Leaf Foods from his current role as President of the American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation. AMI is the oldest and largest trade association in the US, representing over 600 meat-processing firms and industry suppliers globally.
Prior to joining AMI, Huffman held a number of senior roles related to food safety, quality assurance and product development in the food industry.
Huffman 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.
Huffman will assume this position effective January 5, 2009, reporting to Maple Leaf President and CEO, Michael McCain.