Eurofins appoints new chief scientific officer

by World Grain Staff
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DES MOINES, IOWA, U.S. — Eurofins Scientific announced on Jan. 20 that it has hired of Dr. Douglas Marshall as its new chief scientific officer, microbiology. Marshall will lead technological development and have scientific oversight of the U.S. microbiology division that encompasses multiple microbiology testing centers in North America.

Marshall has over 20 years of experience in academia and industry. During this time, he was Associate Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, contributing editor for the scientific journal Food Microbiology, and in a joint venture with Eurofins Central Analytical Laboratory, he served as cofounder, director of technical services, and president of the Food Safety Institute, LLC. With over 230 publications, his expertise is developing methods to rapidly detect and control foodborne pathogens. Marshall is a past recipient of the International Association for Food Protection Educator Award and is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists.

In light of the new demands that will be placed on food producers, processors, and importers as result of the newly enacted Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510), Eurofins said it will focus on bolstering its portfolio of support services with innovative analytical technologies and providing the food industry with even greater strategic leadership in developing scientific solutions for food safety compliance. Eurofins Scientific has been providing services in the area of food safety that include comprehensive microbiological testing, a wide array of contaminant detection assays, import detention testing and food safety auditing according to globally recognized and benchmarked industry standards.

Michael Russell, chief executive officer of Eurofins’ U.S. Food Division, said: “As the food industry prepares to meet the challenges of the new Federal legislation, we at Eurofins are very pleased to have someone with Doug’s experience and depth of knowledge come on board to help us meet our commitment to our clients to provide an unmatched level of support and expertise.”