( Courtesy Western Food Safety Summit )

Tim York, president of Salinas, Calif.-based Markon Cooperative, is the keynote speaker for the opening day of the Western Food Safety Summit.

The theme for the May 6-7 event at Hartnell College is “Creating a Sustainable Food Safety Culture,” according to a news release.

York, a founding member of the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops, kicks off the two-day event. Dennis Donohue, director of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, will be the keynote speaker on May 7, according to the release.

Twelve other speakers, who will address food safety issues ranging from Food and Drug Administration programs to water sampling and treating procedures, are scheduled for the event.

“This year’s summit program is extremely strategic, and that’s because this is an increasingly critical moment for food safety in the fresh fruits and vegetables industry,” Western Food Safety Summit Chairman Jess Hogg, quality assurance manager for Scheid Vineyards, said in the release.

Registration is available online, and sponsorships are available, according to the release.