Food Sciences Section (FSS)
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ACIL members in its Food Sciences Section (FSS), formerly the Microanalytical Chemistry Section, perform microbiological and chemistry services to characterize composition, purity, residue content and contamination in the areas of food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and related manufacturing industries. Testing and research the safety and/or efficacy of drugs, cosmetics, food additives, medical devices, pesticides and other chemical products regulated by the FDA and by certain departments within the EPA.  For members only, FSS conference calls are held the third Wednesday of each month at 3:00 pm ET.  Please contact Bob Uttenweiler, Section Executive Officer, if you would like to be added to the FSS distribution list,


To promote and protect the interests of firms primarily engaged in microbiology and analytical chemistry services and to characterize composition, purity, residue, content, and contamination in the areas of food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and related manufacturing industries.  For more specifics on activities relating to accomplishing this mission, review the section's value proposition.


Chair: Jeff Abels, Foreign Trade Services Corp.
Vice Chair: Michael Flournoy, Eurofins

Marty Mitchell, Certifiec Laboratories, inc.
David Eisenberg, Anresco, Inc.
David Kennedy, David Kennedy & Assoc.
Brad Stawick, Microbac Laboratories
John Szpylka, Silliker, Inc.


Section Executive Officer: Bob Uttenweiler
FSMA Liaison: Denise Bode          
FSS Programs

FSMA Implementation

FSS Publications

FDA Department of Food Safety on FSMA (2011)

FSMA Statement (2011)

ACIL Import Safety

Final Comments to FDA Regarding Import Sampling (2004) (pdf)

Unfair Government Competition in BSE Testing (2004) (pdf)

Accreditation of Food Testing Laboratories (1999) (pdf)

ACIL Microbiology and Analytical Chemistry Section Files on FDA Proposed Rule (pdf)

Letter from Silliker on BSE Testing (pdf)

Response Letter to ES&T (pdf)

FSS Minutes (Members Only) 

Section Minutes

Related Links

Useful website links for Food Sciences