Angela Anandappa to Assume ADFPI Executive Director Role, Effective January 1, 2024

Please welcome Angela Anandappa, PhD who is CEO of the Alliance for Advanced Sanitation which helps organizations “… make food safer, while being better stewards of the Earth. Applying the latest science and using the best technologies to help you build and protect your brand …” as the new ADFPI Executive Director, effective January 1, 2024, when I retire, at 82, to pursue personal interests.
Angela may be reached by email at
Dr. Angela Anandappa is a food industry leader specializing in innovation and food safety. She has worked on product development, scale-up, launches and manufacturing for over 20 years. She has previously held positions as a research assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, at Kraft Foods (Section Manager, Supply Chain Food Safety), led the Food Systems Innovation Center in Kentucky, and worked with Biotechnology companies such as Vector Biotechnologies, Agilent Biotechnologies, and Operon (part of Eurofins). Dr. Anandappa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Master’s Degree in Animal and Food Science, and Ph.D. in Food Microbiology from the University of Kentucky. She is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists (IFTPS), Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and several other organizations that ensure the safety of our food supply. She is passionate about creating solutions to food and agricultural challenges that impact human health and limiting the negative impacts on the environment and has been involved with the ADFPI since its inception.
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The reason-for-being/goal/purpose/objective/intent of the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative is to

convince/persuade/inspire/encourage the food industry to establish and partially fund a public private partnership (PPP) for the discovery of new food packaging materials that would be digestible by animals.

Why should the food processing industry establish a public private partnership for the discovery of new food packaging materials?
~   Because a significant amount of plastic food packaging is “improperly discarded;” that is, it finds its way to land and waterways where it is left to naturally degrade into macro, micro and nano size plastic particles.
~   And because, for the following reasons Improperly Discarded Plastic Food Packaging (IDPFP) is a food industry scientific, legislative, regulatory, and public affairs issue:
     ~   Wildlife, including marine food sources, are exposed to IDPFP in their natural environment where it naturally degrades into macro, micro and nano size plastic particles:
     ~   Adverse biological effects of macro size plastic particles have been demonstrated;
     ~   Adverse biological effect studies of micro and nano size plastic particles are underway; for some species, adverse biological effects have been demonstrated; currently, there are no known adverse human health effects from exposure to IDPFP from micro and nano size particles.
     ~   Governments around the world are developing legislative and regulatory mandates to prevent the environmental release of IDPFP, including the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) where producers are required to accept financial or physical responsibility for the treatment or disposal of discarded consumer products.
     ~   Consumers are increasingly applying Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors to the companies from which they purchase consumer products and investors are applying ESG factors in their decision-making process.
     ~   Lawsuits against companies for alleged false environmental claims.
     ~   Recycling difficulties.
     ~   Constant social and mainstream media attention.

Food packaging materials that serve the food safety and other beneficial uses of plastic, but that, when improperly discarded, naturally degrade into a food source for animals, including ubiquitous microorganisms, either do not exist or are not readily available; the only way such food packaging materials will be found is for the food industry to fund research in cooperation with others, such as the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, seeking such materials, which is the reason for being of  

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I would welcome an opportunity to present in person a PowerPoint about the subject of “Improperly Discarded Plastic Food Packaging” or “Why the food processing industry should establish a public private partnership for the discovery of new food packaging materials” to student clubs, board of directors, IFT and IAFP meetings, and other groups.

Past Presentations
Copies of the following PowerPoints are available by writing to Jack Cooper at
~   On July 31, 2022, I met in person and shared the first PowerPoint with the members of the Food Packaging Professional Development Group of the International Association for Food Protection during its 2022 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
~   On December 15, 2022, I presented virtually the second PowerPoint during the concluding session of the three day virtual Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IANFS) Science Innovation Showcase
~   On February 28, 2023, I presented in person on the topic “Improperly Discarded Plastic Food Packaging” during the 73rd Pacific Fisheries Technologists Conference February 26 – March 1, 2023, in Renton, Washington
~   On March 1, 2023, I participated virtually in the Southern California Food Industry Conference  on “Improperly Discarded Plastic Food Packaging

Jack Cooper, Executive Director at the
Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative
E-Mail: --- Cell: 301 384 8287
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~ 2023-24 Member of the Future Directions Committee of Phi Tau Sigma - The Honor Society of Food Science and Technology
~ A 20-year Member of the International Association for Food Protection
~ A 1989 Fellow and 52-Year Member of the Institute of Food Technologists
~ Founder and Past Partner (1990 to 2017) with Food Industry Environmental Network
~ Served from 1974 to 1990 in Washington, DC with National Food Processors Association, the last 13 years as Director, Environmental Affairs.
~ University of California, Davis - Dec 71 BS; Mar 73 MS; both in Food Science; in 71 served as President of the Food Tech Club; in 73 served several months as a Staff Research Associate in the Extension Fruit and Vegetable program.
~ 1959 – 69 – Graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles; attended college in Orange and Fullerton, California; joined the US Air Force, served as an Air Policeman at Ramstein AFB, Germany; Lab Tech with a flavor company in Orange, CA and Indianapolis, IN; attended Fullerton Junior College, California.