Why Attend

Participate in a conference that makes a difference in the food industry.

Each year, Safe Food California proudly produces one of the most productive educational conferences of the year. Informative sessions, networking social events, and our signature Cocktail & Dinner Gala. You will connect with top executives, processors, and growers from across the United States.

Attendees invest in their goals to expand their food safety education, personally connect with colleagues and grow their business. Innovative speakers and gained insights stemming from discussions with peers representing all sectors of the industry reinvigorate industry connections allowing attendees to move seamlessly between specialized training sessions, focused educational programs, and relaxed social events. Attendees tell us they return to their positions with new connections, new ideas to implement, and renewed enthusiasm for delivering the best products and services.

We invite you to share in the experience by joining us in Monterey this April.

Photo: Michael Troutman/www.dmtimaging.com
Photo: Michael Troutman/www.dmtimaging.com

Choose Your Track

Bring your food safety questions and leave with practical, ready to implement solutions!

At Safe Food California, choose the track that best suits your needs and immerse yourself in industry training, business-business networking, and find inspiration in business strategies. We have created three convenient tracks to choose from based on your role in the industry.


Built specifically with the grower in mind, this track covers the priority needs in the sense of the Food Safety Modernization Act with Produce Safety Training, CDFA’s expectations on compliance, what needs to be done for water testing, and food industry updates. Learn More.

Food Safety

At Safe Food Alliance, we understand it’s hard to get away for training which is why we’ve created a suite of relevant sessions to keep you current in your field of expertise. Be prepared to learn from sessions on GFSI, maximum residue limits, Food Safety Modernization Act, and emerging new food safety practices and processes. Learn More.


As a leader in your company, it is important to stay current on what’s trending. Attending the Safe Food California conference will give you first-hand insight to an update on world business outlook; food industry updates on Prop 65, immigration, tariffs, and more; what’s happening at the California ports; and expectations for the future. Learn More.

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  • Day 1

    April 1, 2019

  • Day 2

    April 2, 2019

  • Day 3

    April 3, 2019

  • Day 4

    April 4, 2019

  • This course requires additional registration. To register please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/produce-safety-alliance-grower-training-registration-50977454940
    Cottonwood Room

  • Academy Course
    Food Safety Management

  • Mycotoxins are naturally occurring, highly toxic substances, produced by filamentous soil-borne fungi that can infect tree grown crops including nuts and fruits. Products exposed to certain environmental conditions during harvest, storage, or transport, are particularly vulnerable to mycotoxin contamination. For food processors and traders, the results of contaminant testing are key to market share and profitability. Food products that meet the most stringent purity standards command higher prices and fulfill the toughest trade requirements, while items that fall short may be rejected from the most lucrative markets. The complexity of standards and regulations for mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin and ochratoxin A, vary from country to country. Aflatoxin regulations in one of the most potentially profitable markets, the European Union, can be as low as 2 parts per billion (ppb) - considerably lower than the 20 ppb action level set by the U.S. FDA, which poses a major challenge for exporters. Reports from the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed show that in the three-month period between July and September of 2018, aflatoxin levels in more than 59 incoming tree nut shipments exceeded legal limits, and two shipments of pistachios from the US were rejected by the Netherlands for ochratoxin A contamination in excess of 35 ppb and 430 ppb. The consequences of such refusals are prohibitively expensive.

    The ability to meet such low maximum limits requires a sampling plan and a test method that satisfies the rigorous criteria of standards organizations and regulatory agencies. Vigilant mycotoxin surveillance has become standard operating procedure - frequent testing is not only cost-effective business insurance, but also an ethical, socially responsible corporate policy that helps protect the health of customers and the livelihoods of industry stakeholders around the globe.
    Food Safety Management
    Cottonwood Room

Conference Course Highlights

Food Safety Modernization Act

Global Food Safety Initiative

Keys to Crisis Communication

Emerging Food Safety Practices Retailer Panel

Who Attends

The Safe Food California conference is all-inclusive to the food industry; executives to food safety managers, growers to packers, and manufacturers to retailers to come together in a collaborative environment to share resources, solutions, ideas, and develop new approaches to their businesses.

  • Growers
  • Food Safety Management
  • Operations Management
  • QA Management
  • Laboratory Management
  • Executives in the Food Industry
  • Trade Press

  • 1-Day Conference Pass

    The first 100 registrants save $100
  • Access to conference for one day (Wednesday or Thursday)
  • General Sessions
  • Educational Breakouts
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Daily Meal Functions
  • Tuesday’s Kick-Off Exhibit Reception
  • $275
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