Gretchen is the coordinator for the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA), a cooperative agreement between the USDA, FDA, and Cornell University. The PSA is focused on developing a science-based, on-farm food safety education and training program for fresh fruit and vegetable farmers and regulatory personnel. This curriculum will help prepare farmers to meet the first ever produce safety regulation promulgated by the FDA as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and will aid in providing a consistent food safety message to growers, educators, regulatory personnel, and the produce industry. Gretchen is also an active member of the National Good Agricultural Practices Program team and assists in workshop development, delivery, and outreach efforts for on-farm food safety to fruit and vegetable farmers in New York. Gretchen received her Master of Science degree in the Interdisciplinary Food Science/Food Safety Program at Colorado State University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science from Pennsylvania State University.
- Wall, G. L., & Bihn, E. A. (2015). Recommendations to Regulations: Managing Wildlife and Produce Safety on the Farm. Food Safety Risks from Wildlife: Challenges in Agriculture, Conservation, and Public Health Michele T. Jay-Russell, Michael P. Doyle (ed.), Springer, New York, NY, USA.
- Bihn, E. A., Wszelaki, A. L., Schermann, M. A., Wall, G. L., & Amundson, S. K. (2014). Farm food safety decision trees for fruit and vegetable growers. p. 187 Cornell University / National GAPs Program.
Presentations and Activities
- Developing On-Farm Decision Trees for Fresh Produce Growers. Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting. June 2014. Institute of Food Technologists. New Orleans, LA.
- Produce Safety Alliance: A Fresh Perspective on Produce Safety. International Association of Food Protection. July 2012. International Association of Food Protection. Providence, RI.
- Effective Good Agricultural Practices Training for Farmers: A Two-day Approach. International Association for Food Protection. July 2012. International Association for Food Protection. Providence, RI.