Food Safety

Food Safety and Regulatory Resources and Services

Meet the Food Safety Team

Natalie Dyenson

Natalie Dyenson

Chief Regulatory & Food Safety Officer

  • 30+ years food safety experience (grower, retailer and foodservice)
  • International food programs
  • Strategic planning, compliance operations
Deon Mahoney

Deon Mahoney

Head of Food Safety, Australia and New Zealand

  • World renowned food safety expert, with roles with the WHO and FAO
  • Extensive global experience, having worked in over 25 countries
  • Risk assessment and policy development expertise
Emily Moyer

Emily Moyer, Ph.D.

Vice President of Regulatory Compliance and Global Food Safety Standards

  • Food safety scientist
  • 10+ years of food safety experience in multiple food industry sectors
  • Leading IFPA’s global food safety programs and resources
+1( 202)303-3401
Gretchen Wall

Gretchen Wall, M.S.

Director, Food Safety & Quality

  • Food safety scientist
  • 10+ years of produce safety education and outreach
  • Provides technical assistance and leadership for IFPA’s produce quality and safety initiatives
+1( 302)607-2196

Alison Saltzmann

Food Safety Support Coordinator

  • B.S. in Biology; Ecology & Conservation
  • 5 years’ experience in Quality Assurance in Dairy and Health/Beauty industries
  • Provides Internal and Member/Council support for the IFPA Food Safety team
+1 (302)607-2154

Member Services

Our team is here to support your food safety and regulatory needs. Never hesitate to reach out; no question is too minor, and no issue is too large. By being an IFPA member, you are entitled to the following support:

  • Availability for recall and food safety crisis situations
  • Targeted review and guidance on Environmental Monitoring Plans and Food Safety Plans
  • Objective perspective on 483s, other allegations of violations, and availability to interact with FDA. Outside of the U.S., we will tap into our network of international experts
  • Identification and analysis of technical and scientific resources related to food safety and quality
  • Referrals to consultants and subject matter experts
  • Access to expert speakers on a variety of food safety and quality topics
  • Receive need-to-know food safety information in a short email digest to the food safety community


IFPA members qualify for reduced rates for the following trainings*:

  • The Science, Technology and Practical Art Behind Fresh-Cut Quality & Safety: Upcoming dates, TBD
  • Recall Ready Workshop: Upcoming dates, June 28-29
  • Listeria Management Certificate English and Spanish: TBD
  • Produce Safety Immersion Class 4 Program:  March-September 2023

*Any of the above trainings can also be provided to associations, states, or companies for a flat fee (the maximum number of participants is based on the type of course). Additionally, entities able to host a public training are eligible to enroll participants at a reduced or complimentary rate. Contact Alison Saltzmann ( for more details.

Company-Specific Training and Support

The following services are available only to IFPA members. Please contact us to discuss fee structures and details.

  •  Recall plan review (conducted by a food law attorney, crisis communication expert and food safety expert)
  • Customized recall simulation, using a company’s product
  • Review of environmental monitoring and food safety plans
  • Produce (RAC) Inspection, specific to commodities your company handles
  • Listeria management for the Fresh Produce Industry
  • Fresh-cut produce quality and safety
  • Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
  • Contact us if you’re looking for training on a food safety or quality topic not listed

Resources Available Online

Since we know that a food safety issue can impact an entire commodity, IFPA and our predecessor associations, PMA and United Fresh, developed, and continue to make the following resources freely available online. As an IFPA member, we can help evaluate and analyze how these and other resources apply to your specific situation.

Representing the Industry as Impactful Advocates

In addition to providing direct support to IFPA members through training and individual interactions, speaking on behalf of the produce industry is also critical. We actively engage in food safety conversations and initiatives in the following ways:

  • Active participation on Codex Committee on Food Hygiene as a member of the U.S. Delegation
  • Engaged with the Global Food Safety Initiative/Consumer Goods Forum
  • Participation in the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA)
  • Lead the Produce Industry Coalition, a network of produce associations who deliberate produce safety policy concerns to address regulators with a strong, unified voice
  • Frequent formal and informal interactions with multiple offices within U.S. FDA and CDC
  • Provide technical input and insight to the US Congress on food safety matters
  • With input from member workgroups, contribute formal comments on food safety & quality policy and regulatory proposals, for example to FDA and the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
  • As part of the Food and Beverage Issues Alliance, represent produce within the breadth of food and beverage trade associations
  • Represent the produce industry to consumers as part of the Partnership for Food Safety Education
  • Leadership roles in IAFP’s Produce Safety & Quality Professional Development Group and IFT’s Fruit and Vegetable Division

Networking and Professional Development Opportunities

Enhancing Member Visibility

  • Food Safety & Advocacy Fund contributing members are recognized for their support of our initiatives
  • We offer a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities, including the Food Safety Council, individual trainings, Virtual Town Halls, and development of technical resources, for companies who want to demonstrate thought leadership and gain visibility

Advancing the Science

In collaboration with IFPA’s Science and Technology department, our team advances the science in agriculture and food safety by:

  • Providing guidance and letters of support to produce safety researchers
  • Serving in a leadership capacity within the Center for Produce Safety technical working group, crafting the request for proposals, reviewing proposals, and providing feedback to funded researchers
  • Serving as industry advisors to multi-million dollar grants funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative
  • Serving as peer reviewers of produce safety manuscripts for various academic journals
  • Advocating for increased federal research funding for new and emerging produce safety issues

Coming Soon

  • Traceability resources
  • Evaluation of U.S. buyer requirements
  • Background and experiences of produce safety professionals

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