(July 6) Reshuffling the deck of the industry’s produce safety expertise, the United Fresh Produce Association has promoted Dave Gombas to senior vice president for food safety and technology.

Gombas fills the position vacated by Jim Gorny, who announced July 2 that he has accepted the post of executive director at the Postharvest Technology Research and Information Center at the University of California at Davis. Gorny said that organization is not part of the Center for Produce Safety.

However, he said the center’s scientists anticipate working collaboratively with the new Center for Produce Safety being established at UC-Davis.

Gorny, who plans to begin his new job of UC-Davis on Aug. 1, has been at United Fresh for two years. Before that, for five years he was vice president of technical and regulatory affairs for the International Fresh-cut Produce Association in Alexandria, Va. IFPA merged with the United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association last year to become the United Fresh Produce Association.

Stepping into the newly created position of executive director, Gorny said he wants to help make the UC-Davis center the “go-to” place for post harvest technology.

The center’s faculty director Jim Thompson said in a news release that he looks forward to Gorny’s contribution and said Gorny is among the most respected technical leaders in the produce industry.

United Fresh tech expert moves up as another exits