WASHINGTON – The National Confectioners Association has announced that Farida Mohamedshah has been named 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 timely information on nutrition, food safety and other regulations that impact the manufacturing, distribution and sale of America’s favorite treats.
“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,” John Downs, NCA President & CEO, said. “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.”
Before joining NCA, Farida 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 she 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 & Food Systems from the University of Maryland. She lives with her husband in Fairfax, Virginia.
About the National Confectioners Association (NCA):
The National Confectioners Association is the leading trade organization for the U.S. confectionery industry, which generates $37.5 billion in retail sales each year. NCA advocates for an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and works to ensure that chocolate, candy, gum and mints are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy. The industry employs nearly 58,000 workers in more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities across all 50 states and supports an additional 635,000 jobs in related fields. The U.S. confectionery industry has made a commitment to increasing transparency, providing more portion guidance options and educating consumers about the role of confectionery in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Learn more at CandyUSA.com or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.