Dr. Ruth Petran is Senior Advisor, Food Safety, for The Acheson Group. As a passionate yet practical food safety scientist, Ruth is also the Principal and Founder of Ruth Petran Consulting, LLC in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to starting her own business, Ruth held technical food safety and public health leadership roles at Ecolab, Pillsbury, and General Mills. She is skilled at tactical application of technical food safety risk management strategies spanning the global farm-to-fork supply chain and has focused on managing safety and quality concerns of microbiologically sensitive foods and systems. She has led food safety assessments at food manufacturing facilities worldwide, focusing on applied HACCP systems and regulatory compliance.
Dr. Petran is President-Elect of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and served two terms on the US National Advisory Committee for Microbiological Criteria for Foods. She is a Certified Food Scientist and member of the Institute of Food Technologists and chaired the Minnesota Food Safety and Defense Task Force. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Consumer Food Science from Cornell University and she holds an MS in Food Science and a PhD in Public Health both from the University of Minnesota. Her thesis focused on leveraging data from health department inspections to improve food safety.