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AMI Foundation Names Randall Huffman, PH.D., New Vice President of Scientific Affairs

Monday, January 3, 2000

The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) today named meat scientist and industry veteran Randall Huffman, Ph.D., vice president of scientific affairs.

At AMIF, Huffman will report to AMIF President James H. Hodges and will manage the Foundation’s food safety research agenda, which is dedicated to reducing and ultimately eliminating E. coli O157:H7 on beef products and Listeria monocytogenes on ready-to-eat meat products.

Prior to joining AMIF, Huffman was director of technical services for three years at Koch Industries, Inc., in Wichita, KS, where he managed food safety issues and HACCP implementation. He also assisted in the development of Koch’s fully cooked meat business and its first branded product line.

Earlier in his career, Huffman, served as vice president of technical services at Fairbank Farms in Ashville, NY. There, he developed the technical and food safety components of the company’s case-ready beef and pork program. He also was responsible for food safety and quality control programs and was a key liaison to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, he performed annual on-site supplier audits and oversaw employee training on good manufacturing practices and sanitation standard operating procedures.

Huffman received his B.S. in animal science from Auburn University in 1986, M.S. in animal science from the University of Florida in 1988 and his Ph.D. in meat science from the University of Florida in 1991. He is a member of the American Meat Science Association and the Institute of Food Technologists and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and one
book chapter.

“Randy Huffman’s strong food safety credentials and experience in the industry will be an enormous asset to the AMI Foundation,” said AMIF Chairman Patrick Boyle. “This industry is committed to reducing and ultimately eliminating pathogens on our products. We are pleased to augment our science team with an outstanding meat scientist like Randy who can be instrumental in helping accomplish our objectives.”

The AMI Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education and information that benefit the meat and poultry industry. Originally created in 1944, the AMI Foundation today solicits grants from government, industry and other organizations to fund a broad range of food safety, worker safety, nutrition and consumer information projects.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
James Ratchford
Manager, Public Affairs

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