FRESH EXPRESS ADDS KEY MANAGERS TO CORPORATE FOOD SAFETY & QUALITY TEAM
March 28, 2022, Orlando FL – Fresh Express Incorporated today announced the addition of two key managers to its Corporate Food Safety & Quality Team. According to John Gurrisi, Vice President, Food Safety & Quality, the new additions underscore the company’s continuing commitment to food safety excellence and to ensuring the highest levels of product integrity.
Dr. Zhe (Harry) Hou, Director of Food Safety
Dr. Zhe (Harry) Hou has been named Director of Food Safety and will be based at the company’s Streamwood, Illinois facility serving in a companywide capacity. Dr. Hou has over 15 years’ experience working in academia on research projects funded through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture and holding various leadership roles in industry and food safety professional associations.
Before joining Fresh Express, Dr. Hou oversaw food safety and sanitation at manufacturing and distribution sites, conducted HACCP validations and auditing programs, managed high risk ingredients and global supplier programs, directed shelf life testing, and supported regulatory inspections for such companies as Farmers’ Fridge, Wrigley Americas and Kraft Foods Group.
Dr. Hou received his Ph.D. in Food Science with an emphasis in food safety from the University of Minnesota, where his research focused on understanding the interaction and natural internalization at the molecular level between human pathogens and fresh produce.
Jacob Aguirre, Senior Manager of Sanitation
Jacob Aguirre joins Fresh Express as Corporate Senior Manager of Sanitation, based in the Salinas, California facility. He will provide sanitation leadership and support to all Fresh Express facilities throughout the United States.
Aguirre has more than 14 years’ plant sanitation and food safety experience including many years fulfilling wide-ranging sanitation responsibilities supporting Commercial Food Sanitation, LLC and produce industry groups for Hygiene Design Team, Produce Sanitation Best Practices and Hygienic Zoning Team. A certified Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI), his expertise includes the Sanitation Continuum and Hygienic Design of Equipment.
Previously, Aguirre held roles with Del Monte/Mann Packing, True Leaf Farms/Church Brothers, Earthbound Farms, Kellogg Company and ConAgra Foods.
“From the dedication of diverse AgOps teams and boots on the ground safety surveillance efforts to progressive technologies, comprehensive manufacturing developments and highly trained food safety and quality professionals in each of our regional facilities, we are excited to show audiences the whys and hows of our leading food safety and quality initiatives.” Fresh Express President John P. Olivo.Read more
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