Sanjay Gummalla is currently Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, at the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI). His broad industry background and expertise in food science, food safety, and nutrition are key to guiding policy advocacy and developing effective regulatory programs and practical scientific tools for the food and beverage industry. He is in the forefront of Listeria policy efforts in his engagement with FDA, USDA, and state authorities, and leads efforts to develop best food safety practices for the frozen food industry and executing AFFI’s Listeria monocytogenes strategy.
Prior to joining AFFI, Sanjay was the Vice President of Product Development at Zentis NA, a global fruit preparation manufacturer.
Sanjay’s technical expertise extends to flavor development, food microbiology, and product development. He managed global food application teams at Givaudan Flavors and led the global dairy flavor research and development portfolio at Cargill. His career in the flavor industry exposed him to a multitude of food companies across the world and a diverse range of food processes and manufacturing environments.
Sanjay also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati, where he taught food microbiology. Early in his career, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) representing FDA’s foray in to the application of nanotechnology in food safety.
Sanjay has a B.S. in Agriculture and earned his masters and doctorate in Nutrition and Food Sciences with an emphasis in food microbiology and flavor development from Utah State University.