Melanie is a Pet Food Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture where she helps bring pet food labels into compliance with Minnesota Statutes and Rules. Melanie serves on the AAFCO Ingredient Definitions Committee and is the current Human Food By-products ingredient investigator. Before working for the State of Minnesota she specialized in Food Safety & Quality Assurance, as well as Food Safety and HACCP plan development. Melanie received her bachelor’s degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University in Southern California where she grew up, and a Master’s degree in Food Science from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. When she is not playing with her Pitbull mix June, Melanie enjoys running, baking, traveling with her boyfriend and remodeling their home.