Dr. Brent Kobielush is a Director, Food Safety with The Acheson Group. He received his B.S. from Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) in Chemistry and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (Rochester, NY) in Toxicology. From 2009 – 2015, Brent was the Manager of Toxicology for General Mills where he was responsible for assuring the chemical composition of all General Mills’ products met applicable product safety and regulatory standards. From 2015 – 2021, Brent was the Director, U.S. Regulatory Affairs at Cargill, Inc. where he provided leadership and technical regulatory direction to ensure that Cargill products and processes were compliant with all applicable US FDA food laws/regulations. In addition, he led the rollout of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) across ~500+ facilities, globally.
Brent is a member of many professional organizations including the Society of Toxicology (SOT), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP). In addition, he is a governor-appointed member of the Minnesota Food Safety and Defense Task Force (MNFSDT). He has served as the Secretary of the Toxicology and Safety Evaluation Division at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), President of the Northland Regional Chapter and Food Safety Specialty Section at the SOT, Chair of the Food and Chemical Safety (FCS) Committee at the International Life Sciences Institute of North America (ILSI NA), Chair for the Chemical Management and Regulatory Inspection and Compliance Committees at the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA), and a member of the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (JIFSAN) Advisory Council at the University of Maryland. In addition, he spent 12 years serving as a board member for the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP) at the University of Nebraska.