At North American Food Safety & Quality 2017 John Budin, Director Product Safety & Quality at FONA International, hosted a roundtable lunch-and-learn discussion entitled, “Supplier Review: How to Prioritize Suppliers Based on Food Safety Risk.” In this short interview we asked him how it went.
John Budin is the Director of Product Safety and Quality at FONA International. John obtained his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Minnesota. He started his career in 1996 on the faculty in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Enology at Fresno State University. In 1998, he began work with Quest International in their flavor division at Hoffman Estates, IL and later became the Manager of Analytical Sciences. In 1996 Quest was acquired by Givaudan where he his role was as Technical Manager. In May 2009, John joined Merieux NutriSciences (Silliker) as their Corporate Director of Chemistry, where he was responsible for the technical integrity of chemistry testing in North and South America. In October 2014 John joined FONA International. Over the past 20 plus years John has performed the chemical and instrumental analyses of food from a wide variety of matrixes.
John is currently the Chair of the Technical Division of Reference Materials of the AOAC. He has served as a member of the Executive Advisory Board to the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota and on the organizing committee of the North American Chemical Residue Workshop. He has served as a lecturer for short courses and workshops offered at the University of Minnesota, IFT and AOAC. Currently John is a food chemistry and food analysis lecturer for IFT’s Certified Food Science Prep Short Course. He has received training from the Food Safety Preventative Control Alliance in their curriculum “Preventative Controls for Human Food”.
John is currently serving as the treasurer of the Chicago Section IFT. He has also served on Chicago Section IFT as: Chairman, Hospitality Committee, Supplier’s Day Committee, Chair of Minute Man Committee, Chair of Tanner Lecture Committee and Chair of the Scholarship Committee.