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PMA’s food safety VP to step back from full-time duties

Trevor Suslow, pictured here at SEPC in 2019, will step back from his full time role as vice president of food safety for the Produce Marketing Association.

Newark, DE – Produce Marketing Association BB #:153708 has announced Dr. Trevor Suslow will step-down his full-time duties at the organization.

Dr. Suslow will remain engaged with PMA on a part-time basis and will also return to UC Davis as an Emeritus Extension Research Specialist.

Dr. Suslow, who has been with the organization for 2 years as the Vice President of Produce Safety, is a key member resource identifying, designing and delivering food safety value to the industry at large. Dr. Suslow will continue to be available as a resource to PMA members, as always – he will be only a phone call away.

“Over the past two years, Trevor has been a phenomenal resource and representative for PMA and our members,” said PMA CEO, Cathy Burns. “He is always dedicated to following the science in his work and in his support of members. I’m grateful for his impact here at PMA and that he will continue to contribute to the industry in his new capacities.”

In his new role, Dr. Suslow will continue to engage with members, providing personal, on the ground support and guidance around produce safety.

“My two years at PMA have been nothing short of intense involvement and engagement with a very different facet to providing support, service, and technical leadership to the most dynamic, fast-paced, and challenging food and supply-chain industry,” said Dr. Suslow.

“I have learned a lot from an immersion in a different aspect of what I have done my whole career. I have been very impressed with the level of creativity, dedication, and passion found across all levels at PMA. This was a very personal decision. I feel very fortunate that I can remain involved as I move on to play a very similar role in both public engagement and private support interactions.”

When Dr. Suslow joined PMA he brought with him his well established reputation spanning preharvest to postharvest microbiology and technology dedicated to uncovering and establishing both pragmatic and science-based solutions for the industry’s produce safety challenges.

In addition to his extensive work in trainings, his contributions to FreshEd Academy’s produce safety modules, and the many bridges he built across multiple stakeholders, his impact at PMA will be long-lasting.

“This is an incredibly important time for produce safety,” said PMA Chief Science Officer, Max Teplitski.

“As PMA works to grow a healthier world, increasing consumption of fresh produce is more urgent than ever, which means relentlessly pursuing solutions and innovations for enhancing our produce safety best practices is also more urgent than ever. While we will miss Trevor’s everyday presence here at PMA, I look forward to working with Trevor in his new capacity, both in PMA and at UC Davis.”

Trevor Suslow’s last day of full-time employment at PMA will be December 1, 2020. A search will begin to identify Suslow’s replacement in the coming weeks.

PMA will also provide an opportunity for the industry to gather and share their well-wishes to Suslow, dates and invitations will follow. Meanwhile, members are encouraged to continue to reach out to Dr. Suslow with food safety questions and inquiries.

About Produce Marketing Association
Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is the leading trade association representing companies from every segment of the global produce and floral supply chain. PMA helps members grow by providing connections that expand business opportunities and increase sales and consumption. For more information, visit

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