NFI hires new director of scientific affairs

Published on
March 31, 2016

The National Fisheries Institute, the nonprofit industry trade association representing the U.S. seafood industry, announced on 30 March the hire of Margaret Malkoski as its director of scientific affairs.

From 2013 until February of 2016, Malkoski worked as foodservice research and development manager at High Liner Foods, according to her LinkedIn profile. She has a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, more than 30 years of experience in food safety and product development and she chaired the NFI’s technical committee for 16 years, according to a press release.

“Margaret has been in the trenches,” said Lisa Weddig, NFI’s vice president for regulatory and technical affairs. “She’ll be a tremendous asset to our members because she not only knows the science but also knows how it impacts businesses and how to be a resource in real time.”

In its press release, the NFI said praised Malkoski’s background in conducting audits, both domestically and internationally, and meeting high standards for “some of the most recognizable names in the seafood community.”

“Her learning curve is essentially zero,” NFI President John Connelly said. “She’s been doing this work, in this industry, at a high level for years. We’re pleased to have Margaret join us and to be able to offer that kind of expertise right away. Bringing her on board is one of those very tangible benefits we provide members.”

Her work at NFI will center on studying the impact of regulations and identifying and addressing food safety trends and issues.

“I am excited to be joining NFI,” Malkoski said. “The technical and regulatory challenges faced by the seafood community are ones I have worked on my entire career. I am eager to help member companies navigate this arena and be a part of efforts to mitigate government policies that can ultimately do more harm than good.”

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