Sonia Salas
Western Growers, Senior Director, Science & Technology

Sonia E. Salas joined Western Growers in October 2007. Before joining Western Growers, Sonia worked with private companies, managed food safety/quality systems and implemented food related federal/state requirements. She has about 20 years of experience with the food industry and a bit over half of that time with the produce industry.

Sonia joined Western Growers as Senior Loss Control Consultant to support Western Growers members with loss control and worker safety needs. From 2009 to 2018, Sonia took on different positions supporting the Western Growers Science & Technology Unit. In July 2019, she was promoted to Assistant Vice-President, Food Safety, Science & Technology. She is responsible for monitoring food safety, scientific and technological advancements in agriculture and has been charged with the implementation and monitoring of food safety, science and technology services for Western Growers members.

Sonia has played a key role in the development, update and implementation of several commodity specific food safety guidelines. She supports strategic alliances with entities such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, universities, different coalitions and organizations serving agriculture. 

Sonia is a member of the Honor Society of Agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Agricultural Pan-American School based in Central America (Zamorano). She also holds a Master of Science degree in Agriculture from California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona).

Contact information

949-885-2251

Articles by Sonia Salas

Nov 02, 2017

Western Growers and AgSafe will be hosting a series of two-day workshops in California to assist fresh produce companies in meeting training requirements under the FDA's Produce Safety Rule: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.

What is the future of GMOs?
Oct 09, 2015

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have become a hot topic in recent years as more media and anti-GMO groups have raised awareness about their existence. Genetic Modification (GM), Genetic Engineering (GE), GMOs and biotechnology are terms sometimes used interchangeably.

Jun 23, 2015

Are you up to speed on issues related to air quality and Best Management Practices (BMPs)? If not, join Western Growers for another of our ‘Lunch and Learn’ webinars which will provide you with an overview of current regulatory issues at federal and state levels.

May 26, 2015

Western Growers will host a webinar in late May that will focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in organic and conventional operations, as well as in the management of invasive pests.  A representative from the Western IPM Center will provide some highlights related to a special report recent

May 12, 2015

Western Growers will host a webinar in late May that will focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in organic and conventional operations, as well as in the management of invasive pests.  A representative from the Western IPM Center will provide some highlights related to a special report recent

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