Gregory W. Diachenko

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, USA


Gregory W. Diachenko has been a Research Manager and a Researcher with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over 39 years in the area of developing analytical methods for chemical contaminants and additives in foods. He received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland, Md, USA, and taught there part-time for many years. Dr. Diachenko has been the Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) for many years and has provided scientific leadership to this prestigious international committee’s work in establishing criteria for evaluation of the suitability of analytical methods to enforce international Codex food standards. He has also been the lead FDA laboratory scientist on many high-visibility food contamination incidents and food additive issues such as the recent Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf, melamine in infant formula and other foods, chloropropanols and glycidyl esters in foods, furan in foods, potassium bromate in bakery products, 3-MCPD in soy sauces, MSG, sulfites in foods, heterocyclic amines in flavors, urethane in alcoholic beverages and foods, and carcinogenic volatile chemicals such as benzene in foods. Dr. Diachenko has often led the collaborative efforts between industry and the FDA to investigate mechanisms of formation and ways to mitigate the formation of potentially hazardous materials in foods. His research efforts have yielded numerous scientific publications. Dr. Diachenko has also been an invited expert on the WHO/FAO Acrylamide Expert Consultation and Melamine Expert Consultation and represented FDA on interagency and intergovernmental task forces as well as international committees.

Biography Updated on 29 December 2011

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