The National Confectioners Association has announced the appointment of Farida Mohamedshah as the association’s new senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.
Mohamedshah will oversee the association’s relationships with industry regulators and provide the association and its member companies with information on nutrition, food safety and other regulations that impact the manufacturing, distribution and sale of America’s favorite treats.
Before joining NCA, Mohamedshah was the director of food, health and nutrition at the Institute of Food Technologists, serving as IFT’s principal scientific and technical resource on these issues. She has published papers in the fields of nutrition and food science and is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As a nutritionist, she worked on a GRAS dossier and reviews for health and structure-function claims for nutrients and bioactive components.
Mohamedshah will begin her position on October 6, succeeding NCA staff member Dr. Debra Miller. Mohamedshah received a Bachelor of Science in home economics and a Master of Science in textile chemistry and clothing from the University of Bombay and a Master of Science in human nutrition and food systems from the University of Maryland. She lives with her husband in Fairfax, Virginia.
John Downs, NCA president and CEO, said, “Farida will be an immense asset to NCA and our member companies as we continue to navigate the changing regulatory landscape for the confectionery industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has only underscored the need for policies rooted in sound science. Farida’s knowledge and experience will be critical in helping NCA develop advocacy positions in the areas of food safety, food labeling and nutrition policy and helping our members to be compliant with current and proposed regulations.”