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For the second year in a row, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has contracted with Safe Food Alliance for training related to the Food Safety Modernization Act in Central and Southern California.

The 26 Produce Safety Training classes cover Madera, Fresno, San Benito and Monterey counties in the north, and San Diego and Imperial counties in the south, according to a news release.

Since 2017, Safe Food Alliance has offered more than 40 of the training classes, training 2,100 growers, according to the release. Of the more than 50,000 farms in California, 23,000 are covered under the Produce Safety Rule, according to the release, and must employ at least one person who has completed a food safety training course to meet FSMA regulations.

Beyond the standard curriculum, the Safe Food Alliance training sessions include:

  • Templates for creating required records;
  • Tools for conducting water analysis calculations; and
  • Materials to determine how regulations apply to specific farms.

For more information, visit the California Department of Agriculture’s or the Safe Food Alliance’s websites.

For specific questions about the training,  contact  [email protected] or Anila Mehmood at (916) 561-5900.


Safe Food California Conference

The Safe Food Alliance is also presenting the fifth annual Safe Food California Conference, April 1-4 in Monterey.

The conference features more than two dozen sessions on FSMA updates, food processing technologies, and food safety culture, according to a news release.

“We created Safe Food California in 2015 as a way to provide an educational platform to the industry. With our highly knowledgeable staff at the conference, you get that every step of the way,” Sam Keiper, CEO of Safe Food Alliance, said in the release.

More than 20 speakers are scheduled to speak, including:

  • Craig Wilson, vice president of quality assurance & food safety at Costco, on “Where We Came From & Where We’re Going;” and
  • Terry Barr, senior director-Knowledge Exchange Division at Co-Bank, on “World Business Outlook: With a Focus on Trade, Tariffs, and the Economy.”

A new conference format emphasizes tracks for food safety management, growers and business leadership.

“Because there are so many diverse needs in our industry, we want our conference to provide value for all sectors of the food industry,” Katie Edwards, senior marketing manager, said in the release. “The first priority is learning. We want everyone who attends to be able to start implementing what they learned immediately.”