Dr. Berna Magnuson

Dr. Berna Magnuson, Ph.D.

Dr. Berna Magnuson, Ph.D.


What does a food safety scientist eat? A discussion about food facts, fears and fads.

November 26th, 1:00-3:00 pm

Canadians enjoy one of the safest and abundant food supplies in the world. Yet, there is an overload of information warning of foods and food ingredients that should be avoided to protect health. Examples are aspartame, MSG, foods in containers made with BPA, as well as any foods that are not organically-grown or all-natural. Dr. Magnuson will explain what some of these ingredients are and what they do in your body, so you can discern fact from fear. Consumers are urged to seek all-natural and organic foods - is this just a fad or is there evidence for health benefits? Dr. Magnuson will explain what these terms mean, both legally and scientifically, so you can make more informed choices for you and your family.


Dr. Berna Magnuson is an internationally-recognized expert in chemical food safety. She has a Bachelors degree in Food Science and Nutrition, worked in food product development and food testing laboratories before obtaining a Master’s degree in Toxicology and a PhD in diet and cancer research. During her career as a professor, she conducted and published research, and taught courses in food science and nutrition at the University of Maryland and the University of Toronto. Dr. Magnuson has also been recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. She is now a consultant, providing expertise on food safety assessment and government food regulations to a wide variety of clients including the food and dietary supplement industries, health professional associations, international scientific groups and regulatory forums. She is a frequent speaker at international conference and educational webinars on issues related to the safety of foods and food ingredients.