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Western Food Safety Summit will Focus on Responsibility

May 1st, 2014

SALINAS, Calif. - Hartnell Community College District and its Ag Business and Technology Institute are gearing up for the ninth Western Food Safety Summit with the theme Responsible Leadership in Food Safety on May 8 & 9, 2014 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA. The Summit will be at the Main Stage in Building K.

This year's summit theme will focus on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) expected to be implemented in 2015. The summit will cover key topics relevant to food safety practices including training requirements for FSMA, risk analysis program, FDA investigations, legal consequences, treatment and irrigation water, foodborne investigation, organic standards, among other topics.

"This two-day event is an important venue for bringing the most current information and research to the Salinas Valley agriculture community and Hartnell students regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act, responsible leadership in food safety, and managing risks," said Dr. Susan M. Pheasant, Director of Agriculture Business & Technology Institute.

Attendees will have a unique opportunity to interact with speakers on the research poster session presenting relevant research related to agriculture and food safety with representatives from: University of Arizona, Monterey County Health Department, University of California, and University of Florida.

The summit ends with a panel discussion where attendees can address questions to ensure that our local agricultural industry is ready to comply with the new regulations. The program will be presented by local agricultural experts, public entities, universities, and other guest speakers.

For more information, please contact Program Coordinator, Neil Ledford at 831-206-0214 or neilledford@hotmail.com; Director of the Agricultural Business & Technology Institute Dr. Susan Pheasant at 831-755-6702 or spheasant@hartnell.edu; or Cristina Westfall at 831-755-6810, cwestfall@hartnell.edu. Tickets are still available at www.hartnell.edu/agriculture.

Hartnell Community College District

The Hartnell CCD serves over 15,000 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 workforce training, basic skills courses, 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 STEM education, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities, and athletics. We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu.