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Bill Sperber

If you care about food safety—and who wouldn’t?—you should know about Sperber’s work. After spending four decades safeguarding food for industry giants such as Pillsbury and Cargill, as well as serving as an international advisor for the USDA and the World Health Organization, he’s now semi-retired—but certainly not merely semi-productive. These days, he develops textbooks on food pathogens and food safety risks and has recently taken on a role as secretariat of Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere, a unique partnership among global food companies such as Cargill and McDonald’s, non-governmental organizations and academia to study and address threats to the global food chain.