Brett Podoski is a manager of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s – Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Possessing a master of science in Food Science and Technology, Brett Podoski has more than 19 years of experience in food safety and food microbiology. CFSAN, is one of six product-oriented centers, in addition to a nationwide field force, that carry out the mission of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA is a scientific regulatory agency responsible for the safety of the nation’s domestic produced and imported foods, cosmetics, drugs, biologics, medical devices, and radiological products.
The Center has over 800 employees, who range from support staff to highly specialized professionals — such as chemists, microbiologists, toxicologists, food technologists, pathologists, molecular biologists, pharmacologists, nutritionists, epidemiologists, mathematicians, sanitarians, physicians, and veterinarians.
The Center provides services to consumers, domestic and foreign industry and other outside groups regarding field programs; agency administrative tasks; scientific analysis and support; and policy, planning, and handling of critical issues related to food and cosmetics. Most Center staff members work in the Center’s headquarters in College Park, Maryland. The Center also operates research facilities in Laurel, Maryland, Bedford, IL, and in Dauphin Island, Alabama.