(Aug. 8, 12:06 p.m.) Naturipe Farms LLC, Naples, Fla., has brought in a veteran quality control specialist to head its food safety and quality assurance operations.

Michael Bentel, who worked for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark., for 16 years in food safety and other areas, joined Naturipe on Aug. 1.

In the newly created position, Bentel oversees development of Naturipe’s food quality, food security, labeling and packaging and product standards protocols and performance, according to a news release.

Bentel helped develop specifications and quality control processes for perishables for Wal-Mart Supercenters and Sam’s Clubs. Since 2003, Bentel was regional quality control manager that supervised the chain’s U.S. quality control officers.

Michael McCartney, who joined Naturipe Farms as its vice president of operations in March, will supervise Bentel, according to the release.