Patricio
Patricio

Stephen Patricio, president of Westside Produce, has been named chairman of the Center for Produce Safety’s advisory board.

Patricio intends to focus on expanding the center’s partnerships to include more commodity sectors, according to a news release.

He succeeds Tim York, president of Salinas, Calif.-based Markon Cooperative, as chairman. York had the role since the center was founded in 2007.

Joining the CPS board is Mary Ellen Burris, Wegmans Food Markets’ senior vice president of consumer affairs. Burris succeeds Bill Pool, Wegmans project manager of produce food safety. Pool has joined the center’s technical committee, which directs its research program.

Other new board members include Nate Dechoretz, deputy secretary of administration and finance for the California Department of Food and Agriculture; and Belinda Morris, California regional director of the Environmental Defense Fund’s Center for Conservation Incentives.

Dechoretz succeeds Richard Breitmeyer, director of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System at UC Davis. Morris succeeds Eric Holst, manager of the Center for Conservation Incentives.

Kay Filice, president and owner of Filice Farms, retired from the board. Filice, Breitmeyer, Holst and Pool had served on the board since 2007.

The new members joined the board during a June 27 meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Members also received reports on research priorities and other matters.