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David Gombas, senior VP of food safety and technology for United Fresh, will play a role in implementing the new Food Safety Modernization Act, as a newly named member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the re-chartering of the committee and 22 new members on Jan. 28.
The committee is charged with providing recommendations to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services on microbiological criteria by which the safety and wholesomeness of food can be assessed. That work includes criteria for microorganisms that indicate whether foods have been adequately and appropriately processed.
“With the Food Safety Modernization Act rulemaking process moving along, the NACMCF is critical to helping the government implement the new law with sound science,” said Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president and CEO. “United is proud to represent the fresh produce industry on this influential committee.”