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Bruce R. Cords, Ph.D. Ecolab Inc.

Former Green Ribbon Science Panel Member
Service Term: 2009 to 2013

Bruce R. Cords, Ph.D. Ecolab Inc.

Dr. Bruce Cords is Vice President, Environment, Food Safety & Public Health for Ecolab Inc., the world's leading provider of cleaning, food safety and infection prevention products and services.

As Vice President of Environment, Food Safety & Public Health, Dr. Cords is also responsible for managing Ecolab's Sustainability activities including raw material profiling, selection, and deselection. Dr. Cords has held a variety of positions within Ecolab's Research, Development and Engineering group during his tenure with the company. From 1985 - 2000, Dr. Cords was responsible for global product development and technical service in Ecolab's Food and Beverage division.

Dr. Cords is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the Institute of Food Technologists, the International Association of Food Protection and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the University of Georgia's Center for Food Safety, and is a member of the Food Science and Nutrition Advisory Council at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Cords also currently serves on the Institute of Food Technologists Threat Assessment Group, McDonald's Food Safety Advisory Council, Senior Advisory Council of Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), and the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Soap and Detergent Association. In 2007, Dr. Cords was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists. In 2008, he was appointed to the Minnesota Governors Food Safety and Security Task Force. In addition, he is a member of the Nature Conservancy, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center, and is a member of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation.

Dr. Cords received his Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Minnesota. He is the author of over fifty papers, patents and lectures, including many dealing specifically topics of cleaning, disinfection, food safety, and sustainability. Dr. Cords is a nationally recognized authority on foodborne disease and an industry expert on foodborne viruses.

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