Mari Stull, an expert in global regulatory, trade, and market access issues, has joined the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) as director of International Regulatory Policy.
Stull worked for five years at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, most recently as coordinator, Caribbean Agribusiness Development, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. She also was the founder and executive director of the Caribbean Agribusiness Association: Trinidad and Tobago, and served as acting director of Regulatory and Procedural Development at the Federal Crop Insurance Corp., U.S. Department of Agriculture, from 1992-1994.
"Mari Stull bolsters GMA's efforts to seek harmonization of international regulatory standards for our member food, beverage, and consumer product companies," said Dr. Stacey Zawel, GMA vice president, Scientific and Regulatory Policy. "She brings to our team a wealth of experience in the international regulatory arena, especially in understanding potential barriers to global trade. We especially welcome her expertise in understanding the World Trade Organization's Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement, which helps ensure that food, animal, and plant safety standards remain science-based."
Stull will organize much of GMA's extensive work with the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the international body that develops global food standards. GMA participates in Codex through the International Council of Grocery Manufacturers Associations. She will also work with other international coalitions that GMA helps lead, including the North American Alliance and the International Alliance of Food Product Associations.
GMA is the world's largest association of food, beverage, and consumer product companies. With U.S. sales of more than $450 billion, GMA members employ more than 2.5 million workers in all 50 states.