Produce Alliance has hired Willette Crawford as food safety and quality assurance director.

Crawford has experience in public and environmental health concerns regarding food safety, traceability and defense, according to a news release.

“Our company is experiencing tremendous growth and it’s imperative our valued customers know that Produce Alliance is doing all we can to ensure the safe delivery of quality product at all points in the supply chain,” Melany Jolly, executive vice president of Produce Alliance, said in the release.

Crawford previously worked as a consumer safety officer for the Food & Drug Administration. She also did research for the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Most recently, Crawford worked as global food safety senior manager at Chiquita Brands International.