ARLINGTON, VA—August 9, 2011—The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today announced Terry Levee as its Director of Food Safety Programs. Levee will be responsible for developing and implementing programs and activities geared toward helping retail and wholesale food companies meet critical food safety needs. He will report to Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., RD, FMI’s Vice President of Food Safety Programs.

“In addition to Terry’s 25 years of service in the food safety and quality assurance sector, he was also an active member of FMI’s Food Protection Committee,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer at FMI. “He will help ensure our food safety efforts have a practical grounding of utmost importance to our members.”

Levee’s industry tenure includes positions at two FMI member companies, Giant Food/Ahold USA and Winn Dixie Stores, Inc. At Giant, he monitored companywide food safety performance to ensure all practices met Ahold, Giant, local, state, county and federal food safety standards and regulations. Prior to working at Giant, Levee served 19 years at Winn-Dixie, as its technical, scientific and regulatory expert for all food safety and retail quality assurance issues and programs.

Levee holds a BSP in Environmental Health from East Carolina University. He is a member of several organizations, including the Association of Food and Drug Officials, and currently serves on the Executive Board for The Conference for Food Protection.