Markon Cooperative Hires Kate Burr as New Food Safety Director
SALINAS, CA - Food safety is always top of mind within our industry and Markon has hired its new Food Safety Director, Kate Burr, to further adhere to these standards.
In this new role, Burr will use her proficiency of field and processing practices, product recall expertise, and sustainability knowledge to enhance Markon’s food safety initiatives. According to a press release, she will be responsible for compliance with Markon’s 5-Star Food Safety® Program standards throughout Markon’s supply chain; ensure all Markon First Crop, Ready-Set-Serve, and Markon Essentials products meet or exceed its stringent food safety standards; and serve as the voice of Markon for all food safety-related matters. She will also deliver relevant industry information to members, alert customers about food safety concerns, and conduct ongoing research in the field.
“Food safety is of the utmost concern for Markon, our members, and foodservice operators alike,” remarked Andy Hamilton, President. “From day one, we’ve focused on ensuring the safety of the products we provide. Kate will be a valuable part of our team, who remains committed to providing Confidence in Every Case® along with the highest quality fresh fruit and vegetables.”
Burr held multiple roles at Church Brothers Farms from 2015 to 2020, including Sustainability & Customer Response Programs Manager. In that role, she was responsible for developing the grower’s comprehensive customer assurance tracking program as well as implementing a detailed Food Safety Recall Plan. Additionally, Burr created a sustainability report focused on the company’s internal farming operations while serving on the Produce Marketing Association’s Sustainability Committee. She is a graduate of Oregon State University, where she received her degree in Public Health.
Markon centers its food safety operation around its 5-Star Food Safety Program, which is based on specifications, inspections, information, and third-party audits at five key points: fields, facilities, transportation, distributor warehouses, and operators’ kitchens.
Congratulations to Kate Burr on this next step in her career!