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BATTLE CREEK, Mich., July 1 – The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) today announced its 2015-16 cohort of the Fellowship in Food Protection Program. The Fellowship in Food Protection Program provides future regulatory leaders with an intensive professional development experience focused on critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills within the framework of food regulatory science, law, and policy.

The Fellowship in Food Protection Program is a year-long program that includes a series of three week-long sessions at IFPTI’s global headquarters in Battle Creek, Mich. The Fellows will also complete research projects during the year and present their findings at the 2016 Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Conference.

“In its fifth year, the Fellowship Program prepares regulatory leaders from across the nation to meet the challenges of protecting our global food supply,” said Gerald Wojtala, Executive Director of IFPTI. “With so many changes in food safety taking place, we also look forward to the research that will come out of this fifth cohort of Fellows.”

Members of the 2015-16 Cohort of Fellows

Norman Arroyo-Llantin
Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Gemedi Geleto
Washington County Department of Health & Human Services, Oregon

Brendon Gibb
Carson City Health & Human Services, Nevada

Justin Goodno
Kansas Department of Agriculture

Jason Guzman
Texas Department of State Health Services

Kirsten Knopff
Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Adam Lewis
Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Brandon Morrill
Calhoun County Public Health Department, Michigan

Priya Nair
Georgia Department of Public Health

Nikeya Thomas
Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

The fifth cohort of the Fellowship Program has been made possible through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and by sponsors including the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), Neogen Corporation, Food Marking Institute Foundation (FMI), and Meijer, Inc.

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