Ms. McGarry is a Foodborne Outbreak Coordinator on the Emergency Coordination and Response Staff in the Office of Compliance, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She has over 15 years of experience in working at the FDA and most currently investigates and responds to emergencies, including terrorism events, involving food and cosmetic products regulated by FDA. Ms. McGarry is involved in developing Emergency Response Plans and Procedures for both the Center and Agency and providing microbiological expertise in ongoing foodborne outbreaks among other activities. To prevent future produce-related outbreaks, Ms. McGarry has developed and trained domestic and international officials in Good Agricultural Practices and served on teams investigating fruit production and packing.
Earlier in her career at FDA, she evaluated domestic and international laboratories and conducted wastewater disinfection research. She earned a Master of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of the International Association for Food Protection, American Society for Microbiology, and the AOAC International.