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Maple leaf appoints Chief Food Safety Officer

Maple Leaf Foods have announced the appointment of Dr. Randall Huffman to the position of Chief Food Safety Officer for Maple Leaf Foods. Dr Huffman will assume this position effective January 5, 2009, reporting to Michael H. McCain, President and CEO.

He joins Maple Leaf Foods from his current role as President of the American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation. Prior to joining AMI, he held a number of senior roles related to food safety, quality assurance and product development in the food industry.

"Dr. Huffman brings vast scientific and industry knowledge and experience to Maple Leaf in global food safety best practices," said Michael McCain, President and CEO. "He will drive continuous improvement in our protocols, assets, and human resource strategies that will reflect the latest research and highest standards globally."

As Chief Food Safety Officer, Dr. Huffman will have overall responsibility for leading Maple Leaf's food safety and quality programs across the Company. This will involve identifying and assessing global best operating practices, technologies, ingredients and resources that support Maple Leaf's leadership in food safety and quality assurance.

He will also support the establishment of a Food Safety Advisory Council, a team of experts who will increase the Company's access to global knowledge and expertise in areas of food safety, microbiology and public education.

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