September 31st, 2017
Sanitation Challenges in Food Transportation
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Sharon Clark- Senior Vice President, Transportation and Regulatory Affairs, Perdue AgriBusiness LLC.
Sharon is senior vice president of transportation and regulatory affairs with Perdue AgriBusiness LLC, an agricultural company whose vision is to be the most trusted name in food and agricultural products. Sharon has been in the agriculture business for over 33 years with experience in grain merchandising, commodity trading, transportation and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Perdue, Sharon was with The Andersons, Inc. and Cargill, Inc. Sharon serves on the Board of Directors, Arbitration Appeals Panel, and Rail Arbitration Committee of the National Grain and Feed Association. Sharon is vice chair of the National Grain Car Council and is a member of the National Oilseed Processors Association Transportation Committee, the North America Freight Car Association, and the National Freight Transportation Association. She is a Minnesota native and a graduate of University of Minnesota, Mankato Campus with a BS degree in Management and holds an MBA from Arizona State University with a concentration in Logistics.”
Brian Zomorod- Apio Inc.
Brian is a 34-year veteran of the Fresh-Cut Produce industry, joined Apio Inc., a leader in Fresh-cut Vegetables and salads in 2015 as their Vice President of Quality and Food Safety. Originally he started his career with Ready Pac in 1984. He developed and led their Research & Development, Quality Assurance and Food Safety Departments as Sr. Vice President for 31 years. Brian has been responsible for launching several successful Fresh-Cut product lines for the retail and food service industry and in developing many food safety & quality assurance systems. He has been actively involved in establishing standards and guidelines for Fresh-Cut produce and has many publications. Brian, who holds a MS degree in Food Science, is a recipient of many distinguished awards. He has actively served in a number of technical councils for trade organizations including PMA, UFPA and global food service companies such as McDonald’s and YUM! as a founding member.
James Eilerman- Director of Logistics, Apio Inc.
Jamey has been Director of Logistics for Apio, Inc./ GreenLine Logistics since joining the company in July 2012. In his current role with Apio/ GreenLine Jamey directs and oversees all Logistics operations including the delivery of finished goods and inbound shipments (both private fleet and third party carrier), warehousing/distribution, vendor selection, and inventory control. He also has Management and P&L responsibility for For-Hire side of the company, GreenLine Logistics. Prior to joining Apio, Jamey held various levels of senior management roles in Operations and Logistics in the flatbed, bulk tank, and dry van industries. Jamey has over 20 years of experience in both transportation and distribution. Jamey is a graduate of Heidelberg University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Randy Gordon- President, National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA)
He has been with NGFA for 39 years, having joined its staff in 1978. He was selected president in September 2012, after serving the previous nine months as acting president upon the retirement of his predecessor. Previously, Gordon had been NGFA’s vice president for communications and government relations since 1987. In that capacity, he worked on a wide range of legislative and regulatory policy issues involving grain warehousing, animal feed, agricultural biotechnology, transportation, food defense and facility security, and other issues. He also authored the NGFA newsletter and other publications, and conveyed NGFA’s views to the news media.
Aparna Tatavarthy- Microbiologist, FDA/CFSAN/OFS/Division of Plant Products and Beverages, College Park, MD
Aparna Tatavarthy is a Microbiologist, FDA/CFSAN/OFS/Division of Plant Products and Beverages, College Park, MD. For nearly 15 years, Dr. Tatavarthy has worked as a bench-level food microbiologist developing methods for detection and typing of Salmonella in academia and later in FDA. She moved to the Office of Food Safety about two years ago and is now involved in policy, compliance and regulatory type of work. She is a subject matter expert for the FSMA Sanitary Transportation rule and provides technical assistance and outreach to industry. She’s also a Subject Matter Expert for spices.
Kevin Smith- Senior Advisor, FDA Office of Food Safety
As a Senior Advisor in FDA’s Office of Food Safety, Kevin Smith advises FDA leadership on strategic initiatives and program development related to FDA’s Food Safety Mission. Among other projects, Kevin is co-leading CFSAN’s implementation the Final Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. In his 16-year career at FDA, has held various food safety positions, including 8 years as the Director of the Retail Food Protection Staff. Kevin earned his BS in Food Science from the University of Delaware and his Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.