Technical Award Presented to Walter Ram
Dr. David Gombas presents the 2013 Technical Award to Walter Ram, longest running chairman of United's Food Safety & Technology Council and vice president of food safety for The Giumarra Companies.
Walter Ram, Vice President of Food Safety for The Giumarra Companies, was awarded the 2013 Technical Award on May 15 at United Fresh 2013.
Dr. David Gombas, senior vice president for food safety and technology, presented the award to Ram, whose many contributions have helped steer the work of United's Food Safety & Technology Council over the past seven years during his tenure as the longest running chairman.
Most recently, Ram
led the Council in review and development of comments for FDA's
proposed Produce Safety rule, and has been a key participant on projects such as the Cantaloupe Working Group
, GAPs Harmonization and development of the Tomato Metrics.
Ram has also been a frequent advisor to many government agencies in the areas of food safety, food defense, and preventing agricultural terrorism.
"Walter has been a selfless leader of the Council.
legacy as Chair is the strongest technical resource in the produce industry - he
has united more than 100 individuals who, together, have and will continue to tackle the toughest food safety and technical issues across the fresh produce supply chain.
I'm grateful to The Giumarra Companies
for allowing Walter to dedicate so much of his
time to advancing these important initiatives for the betterment of the entire industry."
Since 1995, the award, presented annually at the United Fresh convention
, recognizes individuals who make significant technical contributions to the overall fresh produce industry in the area of food safety and food quality to better serve consumers.
Congratulations to Walter Ram!