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Ag Industry Leaders Teach Food Safety Course at new Hartnell Institute

August 11th, 2008

Several leaders of the local and state agricultural community will teach a two-day food safety practices course at Hartnell College’s Agricultural Business and Technology Institute on August 28 and 29 at Steinbeck Hall at Hartnell.

“This course has been an invaluable opportunity for our industry to learn the latest in food safety from experts in the field,” says Neil Ledford, Institute director and long-time faculty member at Hartnell, “So many industry leaders with extensive food safety experience are working together to take the lead in teaching about good agricultural practices.”

Faculty for the course include Bob Martin, general manager of Rio Farms and chair of Hartnell’s Agriculture Steering Committee; Afreen Malik, manager of food safety for Ocean Mist Farms; Kari Valdes, director of quality and food safety for River Ranch Fresh Foods; Andrew Fernandez, vice president for raw product at Taylor Farms; Dave Cramer, director of technical services and programs of Grower-Shipper Association of Central California; Trevor Suslow of UC Davis; Cosme Pina, food safety manager of Taylor Farms; and Dr. Barry Eisenberg, vice president for technical services at River Ranch Fresh Farms, among others.

Participants in the short course, “Introduction to GAPs and Food Safety Practices” will develop a basic understanding of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), performing GAP assessments, performing field assessments and identifying potential risks, creating and utilizing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), basic microbiology, conservation practices, new technologies for food safety, implementing field sanitation practices, employee safety, health, and hygiene, and issues surrounding microbiological contamination.  

The course will be taught in Steinbeck Hall at Hartnell’s main campus at 411 Central Avenue in Salinas.

The two-day course runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The course is sponsored by Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, Western Growers, Monterey Farm Bureau, and Hartnell College Foundation.

For more information or to register, please contact director Neil Ledford at (831) 755-6941 or e-mail ag@hartnell.edu