Director of Food Policy Initiatives
Panelist - Antibiotics: Land, Sea and the Connection to Human Health
Jean Halloran is Director of Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union, publisher of
Consumer Reports. In her 25 years at Consumers Union she has led many projects on
food safety, sustainable consumption and trade issues. She is currently responsible for developing policy and staff initiatives on strengthening FDA and USDA roles in food safety, biotechnology, mad cow disease prevention, seafood safety, bacteria in meat, and poultry and produce. She oversees the Food and Product Safety Campaign, and the BuySafeEatWell.org website. As Director of the Consumers Union Consumer Policy Institute from 1981 to 2005, she developed and supervised conferences, reports and input to government agencies on
pesticides, sustainable agriculture, organic labeling, toxic chemicals, and waste recycling, as well as intellectual property issues and health care, funded by the National Science Foundation, government agencies, and numerous private foundations. She presently serves on the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and previously on the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. She helped organize the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), a coalition of groups in Europe and the US, and serves as its US liaison point. She represented Consumers International at Codex Alimentarius, in developing standards for safety assessment of genetically engineered foods.