FFVA fills newly created food safety and sustainability positionThe Maitland-based Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has named Jill Dunlop to the newly created position of manager of food safety and sustainability, effective Jan. 5.

In her role, Dunlop will be responsible for helping FFVA members develop and implement food safety and sustainability programs. She also will provide training for and assistance with third-party audits as well as coordinating and conducting food safety and sustainability education and outreach.

 “Food safety is not only a priority for Florida’s specialty crop producers – it’s part of their culture,” President Mike Stuart said in a news release. “Adding Jill to our staff will allow FFVA to more closely assist our members in their food safety and sustainability efforts.”

Before joining FFVA, Dunlop was manager of food safety for SunnyRidge Farm/Dole Berry Company, Winter Haven, where she was responsible for the Southeastern U.S. and Latin America. Prior to that, she was a researcher at the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred.

A graduate of Elon College, Elon, N.C., with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, Dunlop lives in Winter Haven.