Robert Brackett

A former high-ranking official with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Brackett is now senior vice president for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a powerful trade association that represents some of the heaviest hitters in the food industry. As the GMA’s chief officer for science and regulatory affairs, Brackett advises food companies on safety issues and runs the GMA’s in-house food safety lab. He focused on the same issues with the FDA, directing the government’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition from 2004 to 2007.