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Michael Hansen
Senior Scientist
Expertise: Food

As Senior Staff Scientist, Mike Hansen, Ph.D., has been sharing his scientific expertise with Consumer Reports for more than 20 years. He develops policy positions, testifies before government agencies, speaks widely at conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and talks frequently to media on critical food safety and environmental health concerns, including mad cow disease, genetic engineering, pesticide use, and antibiotics in animal feed.

Mike has testified at hearings throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has prepared comments on many proposed U.S. governmental rules and regulations on food safety concerns. He also represents the organization at Consumers International, a federation of more than 250 organizations in 110 countries, and at Codex Alimentarius and other international fora. 

A biologist and ecologist who did his Ph.D. in the techniques of Integrated Pest Management, he has identified many an insect for concerned CR staff.