International Fresh Produce Association Names Gretchen Wall and Dr. Emily Griep as New Food Safety Leaders; Dr. Jennifer McEntire Comments
NEWARK, DE & WASHINGTON, DC - Having recently made its official debut, the newly formed International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) is already showing its commitment to advancing produce safety with the appointment of two new leaders. To bolster its support team, IFPA has tapped Gretchen Wall as its Director, Food Safety and Quality, and has promoted Dr. Emily Griep to Vice President, Regulatory Compliance and Global Food Safety Standards.
“I’ve spent the past 10 years helping growers understand and apply the regulations and practices that govern produce safety,” said Wall, who joins IFPA from the Cornell University-based Produce Safety Alliance. “My earlier experiences with cold chain and quality issues will allow me to give holistic support to members who often manage food safety and quality.”
The appointment of Wall and the promotion of Griep will provide IFPA with a strong foundation of produce safety support for the industry, according to a release. These leaders will build on the organization's already expanded scope of services for industry members such as its inaugural Virtual Town Hall held on January 5, which focused on produce quality, and the upcoming session on February 9 that will spotlight recall readiness.
“My doctoral work focused on food safety in global markets, and I am excited to use these experiences to support the breadth of the IFPA membership,” said Dr. Griep regarding her promotion. “Consumers everywhere deserve to eat safe produce, and I look forward to supporting globally harmonized, science-based, practical produce safety standards.”
Prior to stepping into her new role, Griep served as Manager, Food Safety, for the United Fresh Produce Association. Now, she will use her experience, alongside that of Wall, to help IFPA continue to serve as a resource on food safety for its members and the industry as a whole, including regulatory partners, policy makers, and members of the media.
IFPA launched on January 1, 2022, bringing together the power of the Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association. The association will continue the legacy of the two organizations, providing extensive training and professional development opportunities for members wanting to expand or fortify their produce safety knowledge.
“The launch of IFPA gave us an opportunity to reflect on the current status and anticipate the future needs of the global produce supply chain,” explained Dr. Jennifer McEntire, Chief Food Safety and Regulatory Officer. “The industry continues to put tremendous resources toward produce safety, and as the industry association, our team will provide expanded resources to help IFPA members stay on top of new knowledge and requirements related to produce safety.”
Congratulations to these two new leaders as they use their invaluable expertise to help drive forward industry advancement!