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

Sep 12, 2013

Upcoming bilingual (English/Spanish) workshops presented by the California and Arizona Leafy Green Marketing Agreements (LGMAs) and supported by Western Growers (WG) will be held in Yuma on September 19, 2013 and September 20, 2013.

Aug 13, 2013

On July 26, the Food and Drug Administration published its proposals for two new rules: the “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Foods for Humans and Animals” and the “Accreditation of Third Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and Issue Certificat

Jul 09, 2013

A few days ago, the 4th annual produce research symposium was held by the Center of Produce Safety (CPS) in Rochester, N.Y.  The event brought together scientists, industry and government. The work of CPS has been very valuable to the produce community and to government.

Jun 13, 2013

In addition to the significant increase in fertilizer prices over the past decade, specialty crop producers are under increasing regulatory pressure to improve nutrient management practices to protect drinking and environmental water quality.

Apr 25, 2013

Western Growers accepted comments and proposed revisions to the leafy green guidance documents utilized by the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements (LGMA) in Arizona and California from February 1 to March 1. As part of this amendment process, WG will host a webinar April 30.

Apr 11, 2013

Western Growers accepted comments and proposed revisions to the leafy green guidance documents utilized by the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements (LGMA) in Arizona and California from February 1 to March 1. As part of this amendment process, WG will host a webinar April 30.

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