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.

Grower

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.

Leadership

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
    Grower
    Where
    Cottonwood Room

  • This session requires an additional registration. To learn more and register please visit https://safefoodalliance.com/event/spanish-produce-safety-alliance-grower-training-2/
    Grower
    Where
    Redwood Room

  • Registration: 8:30 AM Shotgun Start: 9 AM
    Food Safety Management
    Grower
    Leadership
    Where
    Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course

  • Academy Course
    Food Safety Management

  • In today’s society, the awareness of the importance of a food safety culture demands higher standards.Do these higher standards match with the company’s culture? The attitudes and behaviors practiced consistently over a long period of time become the fabric that make up the essence of corporate culture.
    In this interactive session, Iris Galanis Eshoo, Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at See’s Candies, will discuss the tools necessary to cultivate a positive food safety culture within an organization. You will also hear from Cameron Prince, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at The Acheson Group, who will give real life examples of assessing a company’s food safety culture and help you conduct your own evaluation.
    Food Safety Management
    Leadership
    Where
    Redwood Room

  • In the last year, we have seen growth in the United States and world economy begin to slow as global debt levels limit fiscal stimulus options and U.S. monetary policies become less accommodating. There have also been trends of major trade uncertainties, which continue to limit trade flows and global business investment, as supply chains are altered to broaden supply options.
    In this session, Terry Barr, Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange Division at CoBank will explore the potential impacts each of these factors on U.S. and global growth, trade flows, and how they affect food producers here in California. He will also explain the geopolitical landscape and the significant challenges facingEurope (Brexit and debt), North Korea (U.S. sanctions), Russia (U.S. sanctions), the Middle East (Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia) and China (trade disputes and tariffs).
    Grower
    Leadership
    Where
    Serra Ballroom

  • Pesticide maximum reside levels (MRLs) have become a main concern for agricultural exporters, with violations often resulting in significant and negative consequences. The issue is compounded further by new standards in export markets, less adherence to internationally set standards, and new testing and enforcement programs becoming more prevalent in many global markets.In this roundtable discussion, James Christie of Bryant Christie Inc. (BCI), Dr. Spencer Walse of the USDA-ARS, and Dr. Wiley Hall of theSafe Food Alliance will provide an overview of MRL standards and enforcement policies in primary export markets around the world, and discuss current MRL trends, concerns, and what agricultural exporters can do to minimize their risk.
    Food Safety Management
    Where
    Bonsai II

  • No resource is of greater concern in California than water! Recent food safety incidents, such as the 2018 E.Coli O157 outbreak from leafy greens, have implicated agricultural water as a contributing cause to the contamination. It is ever-more important for the food industry to take into consideration the testing and analysis of their production's water supply. The FSMA Produce Safety Rule has requirements built-in for the microbial safety of agricultural water that will soon take effect. During this session, Mike Villaneva, Technical Director for the Leafy Green Marketing Agreement will explore how the new regulations will affect the water supply that California food producers rely upon and how to prepare for the upcoming compliance dates.
    Food Safety Management
    Grower
    Where
    Bonsai I

  • Understanding the complexity of standards and regulations for mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin and ochratoxin A, can be difficult and poses a significant challenge for exporters. ElisePalmer, Research Chemist for VICAM will explain how vigilant mycotoxin surveillance has become a standard operating procedure for many businesses and the laboratories that test their products. 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
    Where
    Cottonwood Room

  • Get the latest news from proven experts at this industry update panel discussion! Tom Jones of Safe Food Alliance will be moderating the session as the five industry experts discuss the latest topics impacting the food system. The panel will cover issues including Proposition 65, theLabelling Rule, trade disputes, labor and immigration, and other issues impacting the industry at large. Each section will offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions and get answers to topics that specifically relate to their companies and their success.In this session, you will hear from: Trudi Hughes, Government Affairs Director at California League of Food Processors, Richard Matoian, Executive Director at American Pistachio Growers, Josh Rolph, Federal Policy Manager at California Farm Bureau Federation, Emily Rooney, President at Agricultural Council of California, and Donn Zea, Executive Director at the California Prune Board.
    Food Safety Management
    Grower
    Leadership
    Where
    Ironwood Room

  • In May 2017, the FDA went through a major organizational shift and restructured all port operations under the Office of Enforcement and Import Operations (OEIO). This, coupled with the recent government shutdown, has caused the FDA to reassess priorities for FDA regulated products.What does this mean if you import FDA regulated products into the United States? Dan Solis, Division Director with FDA’s Division of West Coast Imports, will provide an interactive session explaining what these changes mean to you. He will explain the Custom’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, how the FDA is involved in trade transactions, and OEIO’s role within FDA in assuring supply chain security of port processed products. Lastly, he will provide the do’s and don’ts on how to communicate with FDA Port Officers.
    Grower
    Leadership
    Where
    Redwood Room

  • Consumers are increasingly skeptical about today’s food system.We have seen heightened interest in the relationship between diet and health, concerns about food safety, and ingredients consumers don’t understand. This coupled with doubts about ethical sourcing and a belief that “Big Food” will put profit ahead of public interest, all work to undermine consumer trust.
    In this session, Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, will provide research-based insight on how we lost consumer trust and what’s driving consumer attitudes and beliefs today. More importantly, Arnot will provide specific guidance about what can be done to build trust in your products, processes, people, and brands; and the power of transparency in today’s hyper-connected world.
    Food Safety Management
    Grower
    Leadership
    Where
    Serra Ballroom

  • The passage and implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has emphasized the longstanding focus of American regulators on the microbial safety of foods. The view from Europe is decidedly different; with chemical contaminants a much greater concern than in the United States.
    Mycotoxins, pesticides, sanitizers and packaging materials are among the hazards that have generated regulatory activity and consumer concern in the European Union and the United States. This session, presented by Romans Vorss, Senior Policy Adviser for Frucom, will explore the existing and emerging food safety concerns in Europe, and their implications for California agricultural exports to the EU, which totaled $3.5 billion dollars in 2016!
    Food Safety Management
    Grower
    Leadership
    Where
    Serra Ballroom

  • Get a first-hand glimpse into the top 10 non-conformities raised during an SQF audit. Why are these nonconformities so common? How do these nonconformities occur? What can be done to prevent them? Let’s take a dive into the foundation of a strong food safety program to explore these questions and understand how to build an impermeable SQF food safety program in your own site to protect your brand and products. Get technical advice from the Jeanette Litchewski, specialist from the Safe Quality Food Institute and the compliance team on enhancing your internal auditing system and addressing the most common weaknesses found during an SQF audit over the past year.
    Food Safety Management
    Where
    Bonsai II

  • In the past year alone, the country has seen numerous food safety outbreaks, taking months to find causes, if a cause is found at all. These outbreaks have very real repercussions on a company’s finances, image, and consumer health. Enter Whole Genome Sequencing, a revolutionary testing method that can detect an unprecedented number of food safety outbreaks along the global food chain.
    In this session, Dr. Matthew Stasiewicz, Assistant Professor of Applied Food Safety at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will answer your most challenging questions and explain how microbial whole genome sequencing or WGS is impacting food safety.
    Here are some of the core questions he will address: Why should we care about whole genome sequencing? Who is really in charge of whole genome sequencing and monitoring the system? What impacts might whole genome sequencing have on the food industry? How can my company get started?
    Food Safety Management
    Where
    Bonsai I

  • Food Fraud. It’s one of the oldest problems in the food industry and still a significant concern for food processors.Every year, people get sick across the globe because individuals intentionally adulterate food products to increase their profits.To combat this fraudulent behavior, the FDA and GFSI audit scheme shave made food fraud and intentional adulteration a top priority.
    Karen Everstine, Senior Manager of Scientific Affairs with Decernis, will explain the newly implemented requirements that food processors must meet and how this change affects you. Learn about this crucial issue, and how you can assess and mitigate the risk of food fraud occurring in your supply chain.
    Food Safety Management
    Where
    Bonsai II

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

  • Access to conference for one day (Wednesday or Thursday)
  • General Sessions
  • Educational Breakouts
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Daily Meal Functions
  • Tuesday’s Kick-Off Exhibit Reception
  • $375
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