Keith Mussar, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Chair, Food Committee
Keith is a consumer product and food safety specialist with over 30 years experience in food manufacturing, marketing, supply chain management and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining I.E.Canada, Keith held corporate management positions with Kraft-General Foods, Labatt Brewing Company, the Weston Foods Group and Cadbury Schweppes.
In his role with I.E.Canada, Keith works closely with Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Agriculture Canada, Environment Canada and the U.S. FDA and USDA to advance the interests of the food import and export sectors. In 2010 Keith was appointed by Health Canada to co-chair the Health Canada Food Regulatory Advisory Committee. Since 2007 he has served as the food industry’s advisor to the Health Canada Environmental Assessment Working Group and as the industry’s representative on the National Chemicals Management Plan Stakeholder Advisory Council. He represented the Canadian food sector on the Standards Council of Canada multi-stakeholder groups that developed the Canadian national standard for the labelling of genetically engineered foods, the production and labelling of organic food and food safety.
Keith often serves as an intermediary between government regulators and food importers to help resolve import and enforcement issues with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency or Canada Border Services Agency. Recognized nationally as a consensus builder and adult educator, Keith has led numerous workshops on food safety and nutrition, emergency preparedness, avian and pandemic influenza preparedness and foot and mouth disease. He is co-author of the Supply Chain Food Product Recall Manual and the Importers Food Safety Workbook and has trained over 3,000 Canadian food professionals on food safety best practices and offers food recall training courses annually.
A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Keith holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and is frequently consulted as the food industry expert on biotechnology.