Mr. Mike Taylor spent much of his career in public service at both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His tireless work led to the adoption of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points for meat and poultry and the labeling of Escherichia coli as an adulterant, as well as the unveiling of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
During his career, Mr. Taylor founded the food and drug practice and was a partner in the law firm of King & Spalding. He also was vice president for public policy at Monsanto Company and served on the boards of the Alliance to End Hunger and RESOLVE, Inc. during his tenure at FDA, he oversaw all of the agency’s food-related activities, including its nutrition, labeling, food additive, dietary supplement and animal drug programs
He is currently a senior fellow at the Meridian Institute, an advisor to the Food and Society Program at the Aspen Institute, and a board member of both STOP Foodborne Illness and Clear Labs, Inc. His primary interests are food safety globally and food security in Africa and other developing regions. He is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

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