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Donna Scharding was recently appointed as the Allegheny County Health Department’s food safety program manager.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014, 11:09 p.m.

Noteworthy: Donna Scharding was recently appointed as the Allegheny County Health Department's food safety program manager. She will oversee and administer the testing and potential implementation of the department's proposed restaurant grading system.

Age: 54

Residence: Whitehall

Family: Husband, Robert, daughter, Quinn.

Background: Scharding has been at the health department for 30 years, starting as an environmental health specialist. One of her first assignments was handling the McKeesport giardia outbreak in 1984. Giardia is a parasite found in contaminated food and water that can make humans sick.

Education: Scharding graduated Wittenberg University in Ohio in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in biology.

Quote: “I like to think that I can make at least a small difference for the good, no matter what I attempt in my life.”

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