Emily Griep has joined the United Fresh Produce Association as director of food safety. ( Photo courtesy United Fresh )

The United Fresh Produce Association has hired Emily Griep as manager of food safety.

She recently received her Ph.D. from Cornell University as a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Needs Fellow in the area of food safety for a global economy, according to a news release.

She has been a quality associate and quality engineer for General Foods.

“United Fresh has a long history of supporting the food safety needs of the fresh produce industry,” Jennifer McEntire, United Fresh vice president of food safety & technology, who Griep reports to. “The addition of Dr. Griep to the team expands our ability to respond to individual member requests and also proactively develop materials and deliver trainings that benefit the produce safety community.”

The position is new at United Fresh, and Griep will aid in ongoing initiatives such the Harmonized Standard, and lead new projects to support the association’s scientific and policy objectives, according to the release.

Griep begins in July but is scheduled to attend the United Fresh Food Safety & Technology Council meeting June 25 in Chicago, at the United FreshTec Expo.