P.M.A. donates $900,000 to Center for Produce Safety

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SAN DIEGO — The Produce Marketing Association is donating $900,000 to the Center for Produce Safety over the next two years.

“Our executive committee decided that P.M.A.’s ongoing investment in the Center for Produce Safety really is a show of faith in the future of our industry and simply the right thing to do,” said Rich Dachman, P.M.A.’s chairman of the board and senior vice-president of national sales for Sysco Corp. “We helped create C.P.S. five years ago to bring together government, industry and researchers so we could find answers to big questions about produce safety. Today, P.M.A. and its members make a significant statement that we are moving ahead on the road to continuous improvement in our food safety knowledge and practices.”

P.M.A.’s executive committee approved the donation in late 2011, and it was endorsed by the association’s board last week. The money will fund administrative costs through 2013.

“Continuing to provide nutritious, flavorful and safe produce is paramount for the produce industry,” said Bryan Silbermann, president and chief executive officer of the P.M.A. “P.M.A. members know this not only for their customers but for their families. Our passion to supply great products is shown in many ways, and I can’t think of a better way for such a demonstration than to present this gift to a proven and trusted partner like C.P.S.”

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