Sonia Salas
Western Growers, Assistant Vice President, Food Safety, 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

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.

Mar 14, 2013

The Produce Safety Alliance, in collaboration with the FDA, will be hosting a series of Q & A teleconferences to discuss specific sections of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Produce Safety Rule.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions directly to the FDA staff.  Dr.

Mar 07, 2013

The Produce Safety Alliance, in collaboration with the FDA, will be hosting a series of Q & A teleconferences to discuss specific sections of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Produce Safety Rule.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions directly to the FDA staff.  Dr.

Jan 24, 2013

Thursday, Western Growers released the “Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Post-Harvest, and Processing Unit Operations of Fresh Culinary Herbs.” It was developed by fresh culinary herbs industry members, regulatory agencies, the academic community as well as o

Jan 22, 2013

Starting Feb. 1, WG will gather proposed changes to Issues 13 & 14 (Production Locations) of the leafy green guidance documents utilized by the Leafy Green Marketing Agreements (LGMA) in Arizona and California.

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