FSMA PC Rule Readiness | Preparing to Implement the Produce Rule: An Overview Web Info

FSMA PC Rule Readiness | Preparing to Implement the Produce Rule: An Overview Web Info

Posted by: Amanda Moren


October 26st, 2017


Event Title

Preparing to Implement the Produce Rule: An Overview Web Info


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Speaker Information:



Jennifer McEntire, PhD, is VP Food Safety and Technology at United Fresh Produce Association. A food microbiologist by background, she has always worked in the Washington, DC area, bringing the scientific perspective to food safety regulatory issues. She was previously Vice President of Science Operations at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, overseeing the microbiology laboratory, process authority team, and claims laboratory. She has also had roles as VP and Chief Science Officer at The Acheson Group and as the Senior Staff Scientist and Director of Science & Technology Projects at the Institute of Food Technologists. McEntire earned a PhD from Rutgers University and received a Bachelor of Science with Distinction, magna cum laude, in food science from the University of Delaware. She serves as an advisory board member of the Global Food Traceability Center, is an ad-hoc reviewer with the Center for Produce Safety, is on the board of Phi Tau Sigma, the food science honorary society and is a member of the International Association for Food Protection.



Suresh DeCosta joined Lipman Family Farms as Director of Food Safety April 2016.  Prior to joining Lipman he worked at McDonalds Corporation as food safety lead for agricultural products.   Suresh is a recognized subject matter expert with the ability to lead cross-functional groups of suppliers, customers and produce industry representatives.  He has broad food science industry experience including product development, beverage formulation, food irradiation, coffee blend management, good agricultural practices and fresh cut processing.    He leverages his holistic understanding of supply chain from farm to fork to mitigate food safety risk, with an awareness of the impact to commercialization.  Suresh is outgoing chairman of United Fresh Produce Association Food Safety and Technology Council and he also serves as member of Produce Marketing Association Science and Technical Council.  He has received multiple industry awards, including the UFPA technical award for his leadership in helping standardize agricultural food safety practices.  Suresh received a M.S. in Food Science from Chapman University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Slippery Rock University.



Theresa Klaman is a member of the CFSAN Produce Safety Network representing the North Central Region. The Produce Safety Network (PSN) is responsible for collaborating and communicating with regional partners, building upon existing programs, to achieve high levels of compliance in the farming community.  Ms. Klaman’s lends her expertise to the outreach, education, and training of both farm inspections and outbreak investigations.  Equally important, she provides regional technical assistance to states for growing conditions and practices in the North Central Regions in order to facilitate compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. 

Prior to joining the CFSAN Produce Safety Network in 2016, Theresa’s integrated experiences have wide sweeping contributions to federal and state regulatory programs.  Within the US FDA Minneapolis District Office, she served as a federal food specialist, conducting inspections (international and domestic), outbreak investigations, and providing technical training to regulatory partners and stakeholders.  In the field, Theresa conducted environmental assessments, including root cause analysis and mitigation strategies for RTEs and more recently contributed to leadership in the sprout inspection program.  She served as a subject matter expert in allergen cross-contact and was integral to promulgation of the Food Allegan Labeling Consumer Protection Act.  During her tenure at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture as a Section Supervisor and compliance officer, she was afforded insight on state inspection programs and legislative justification for fiscal continuance.  Theresa brings project management experience from collaborations with the University of Minnesota on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) research projects with produce.  Finally, she has several published research papers on the biology and ecology of insects, working with buffers and planting and harvesting systems within the agroecosystem.



Michelle is a Senior Policy Analyst in FDAs Division of Produce Safety. She provides support to public and private efforts to advance produce safety. Michelle was the lead author of FDA’s 1998 GAPs guide. Since 2009, she has been involved in development and implementation of FDA’s Produce Safety Rule.  Prior to FDA, Michelle worked at the University of Maryland, Horticulture Department, teaching and conducting research and at the USDA, ARS in Beltsville, MD. She has a Ph.D. in Food Science & Technology from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in Crop Physiology, and a B.S. in Soil Science.