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United Fresh to honor Wegmans' Pool

The United Fresh Produce Association will bestow its 2015 Technical Award on Bill Pool, manager for produce safety at Wegmans Food Markets, at its annual convention in Chicago this June.

The Technical Award goes to an individual who has made significant technical contributions to the fresh produce industry, according to United Fresh.

Pool began working at Wegmans in 1973. His achievements include working with growers to implement integrated pest management practices and helping local farmers adopt Good Agricultural Practices.

“Bill is an icon of the United Fresh Food Safety & Technology Council where his wisdom and reasonable approach have been critical to the success of many produce food safety initiatives the Council has driven for the industry,” David Gombas, United Fresh’s SVP of food safety and technology, said in a statement. “As an advocate of food safety practices at all stages of the supply chain long before the need was generally recognized, Bill has more than earned this recognition. I personally thank him for his dedication and contributions to the fresh produce industry. ”

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