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Dr. Ricardo Molins

Dr. Ricardo Molins

Visiting Professor

Office of the Texas State Chemist
(979) 845 1121


Dr. Molins has B.S. MS and Ph.D. degrees in Food Technology from Iowa State University, where he was also Assistant and later Associate Professor of Meat Microbiology and food irradiation. He has worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on agroindustrial development, for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) based in Austria on food irradiation and food safety in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, has done extensive consultancy work for FAO on food safety systems in Africa and for prívate companies on food additives in the U.S.

He worked for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States as Director of the Food Chemicals Codex and was in charge of the Academies’ food safety projects from 1999 to 2006. Until recently, Dr. Molins was Director of Agricultural Health and Food Safety for the Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) based in San Jose, Costa Rica and covering 34 countries of the Americas, where he interacted with major international and national organizations on food safety systems, standards and procedures. He is the author of more than 50 scientific papers, 3 books and the FAO Risk-Based Food Inspection Manual in use worldwide. He has lectured and taught on food safety in more than 50 countries.