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Dr. Richard Arsenault is the executive director of the Domestic Food Safety Systems Directorate at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Dr. Arsenault began his food safety career as a veterinary meat inspector in 1989. He has been an auditor, a manager, and the Director of the meat hygiene program, and was involved in many significant Canadian food safety events over the past 25 years.
Dr. Arsenault leads the CFIA team that is finalizing the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and its coming-into-force strategy. His team also works on modernizing Canada’s meat inspection and on-farm food safety programs.
Dr. Arsenault has worked throughout his career to improve food safety in Canada and facilitate the international trade of food products under Codex Alimentarius principles. He is currently the representative for North America on the Codex alimentarius Executive Committee and the representative for Canada at the Codex Commission.
She manages the agency’s representation and positions at international standard setting bodies, such as the Codex Alimentarius Commission, and its various Committees, and engages with foreign governments on emergency notifications and systems recognition.
DeWaal is the former director of the food safety program for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and co-author of Is Our Food Safe? A Consumer’s Guide to Protecting Your Health and the Environment (Three Rivers Press, 2002). Ms. DeWaal has testified more than 20 times as a food safety expert before the United States Congress. She has presented papers on food safety at more than 100 scientific and public policy conferences and regularly publishes in scientific and legal journals. She has participated in World Health Organization consultations on food safety, and on FDA, USDA, and CDC food safety advisory panels.
She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and of Antioch School of Law.