What’s the current state of food safety? Thomas Gremillion, director of food policy with the Consumer Federation of America, speaks with the Food Institute Podcast’s Chris Campbell on the state of U.S. food safety in the wake of the pandemic. Topics covered include worker and product safety at meatpacking and poultry plants; temporary reductions in regulatory oversight and declining foodborne illness outbreak reports; and the safety of CBD and GMO products in the food industry.
Hosted By: Chris Campbell
Recorded: June 16, 2020
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Thomas Gremillion is the Director of Food Policy at the Consumer Federation of America. He oversees the research, analysis, advocacy and media outreach for the group’s food policy activities, and monitors food safety activities at USDA, FDA and in Congress, where he advocates for strong food safety protections for consumers. He also coordinates the Safe Food Coalition, a group of consumer, trade union, and foodborne illness victim organizations dedicated to reducing foodborne illness by improving government food inspection programs.
Prior to joining CFA in 2015, Gremillion practiced environmental law at Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation, where he represented community groups and advocacy organizations in litigation against polluters and government regulators. He also served as an associate attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Chapel Hill, NC, where he specialized in transportation and land use issues.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Gremillion is a member of the D.C. and North Carolina bars. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in mathematics, and served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Quito, Ecuador, where he received an M.A. in International Relations from La Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar.