The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has announced the addition of Rishi Banerjee as GFSI senior manager for the US and Canada. According to GFSI, this represents a significant step in GFSI's ongoing strategy to further implementation at a regional level while advancing harmonization at the global level. Meanwhile, the opening of this senior position dedicated to GFSI’s efforts in North America is a strong signal of the region’s importance in the advancement of food safety globally.
Banerjee will join the CGF’s Washington D.C. office, a base to further GFSI’s partnerships with both with regulators and food safety leaders from across the country. “With the US/Canada region being so critical, I am truly excited about the potential for growth,” Banerjee said. “I’m looking forward to building on the existing relationships we have with stakeholders and forging new ones. As new Senior Manager, I’m excited to be the go-to person for the region, improving on operational efficiency.”
Banerjee is a well-known figure in the food and regulatory space, joining GFSI as an experienced government affairs and policy professional based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He has a proven track record of fostering public-private partnerships, while his background in microbiology, food industry and regulatory agencies has allowed him to support advocacy initiatives relating to food safety, nutrition and environmental regulations.
Prior to joining the CGF, Banerjee served as consulting manager at Savan Group, a management consulting firm, where he worked with numerous federal agencies to advise their rulemaking activities. He has held both technical and policy positions at FiscalNote, the American Frozen Food Institute, and USDA.
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