Michael Hansen, Ph.D is Senior Scientist with Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, currently works primarily on food safety issues. He has been largely responsible for developing CU positions on safety, testing and labeling of genetically engineered food and “mad cow” disease.
Dr. Hansen has testified at hearings in Washington, D.C., many states, and Canada, and has prepared comments on many proposed U.S. governmental rules and regulations on food safety issues. He also represents Consumers International, a federation of more than 220 organizations in 110 countries, at Codex Alimentarius and other international fora on genetic engineering issues. Dr. Hansen speaks on CU’s concerns on mad cow disease, GMOs, pest management, and antibiotics in animal feed, at meetings and conferences throughout the world. He is widely quoted in the media.
Dr. Hansen served on the USDA Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology from 1998-2002, and on the California Department of Food and Agriculture Food Biotechnology Advisory Committee, from 2001-2002. He was appointed as an international expert to a FAO/WHO Joint Consultation on Safety Assessment of Food Derived from Genetically Engineered Animals in 2003 and to a second FAO/WHO Joint Expert Consultation of Safety of Foods Derived from Genetically Engineered Animals in 2007. He also served as an international expert on recombinant bovine growth hormone for a February, 1998 meeting of the FAO/WHO Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives.