Western Food Safety Summit is May 9 at Hartnell

Publish Date: 
May 4, 2018

Western Food Safety Summit is May 9 at Hartnell

Dynamic industry leaders and topics on food safety throughout the supply chain

SALINAS, Calif. - The Agricultural Business and Technology Institute at Hartnell College is excited to host the 13th year of the Western Food Safety Summit May 9, 2018 at 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA. This event is from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the theme, ‘Food Safety throughout the Supply Chain.’

The Summit will start at Mainstage (Bldg. K) with welcoming remarks from Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen, followed by special keynote speakers, Kurt Gollnick, Vice President/Chief Operational Officer of Scheid Family Wines, and Sonia Salas, Director of Science and Technology of Western Growers - as food safety transcends the robust agricultural industry in the Salinas Valley. 

Dynamic presentations will complement the keynote speakers with industry leaders who will touch on a variety of topics. Presenters include:

  • Cindy W. Lewis, FDA and Steve Patton, CDFA on FDA Updates to the Produce Safety Rule and Compliance and Enforcement by CDFA
  • Brian Zomorodi, Apio, Inc., What has Changed in Food Safety Over the Years
  • Henry Gonzales, Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) and Monterey County Crop Report
  • Clarisa Molina, Primus Auditing Ops and Serka Solutions, LLC, Produce Safety Rule
  • Abby Taylor-Silva, Grower Shipper Association of Central California, Water Sustainability and its Role in Food Safety
  • Johnny Massa, Comgro Soil Amendment, Adequate Curing
  • Justin Kerr, Factor IV Solutions, LLC, Listeria Prevention
  • Patrick Zelaya, HeavyConnect, Inc., Get the Paper Out of the Field

The Western Food Safety Summit brings together all levels of the agricultural workforce and support services to California’s Central Coast for a day of intensive training on the most current issues and concerns for fresh fruits and vegetables but also will allow you opportunities for networking. 

Tickets are $200 per person and include breakfast, lunch and course materials and are now on sale at https://give.hartnell.edu/register.

For media inquiries the day of the event, you may contact Director Rosie Armstrong at (831) 759-6050 or rarmstrong@hartnell.edu or Cristina Westfall at the Hartnell College Foundation at 831.755-6810 or cwestfall@hartnell.edu.

Hartnell Community College District – established in 1920

The Hartnell CCD serves over 17,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides associate degree and certificate programs, workforce-training, courses in basic skills, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world-class education for STEM, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities/social sciences, nursing/healthcare, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the 2015 Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science bachelor’s degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu.                                                      ###