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Date Set for Food Quality and Safety Symposium

The Almond Board of California’s annual Food Quality and Safety Symposium will be held on July 2 at the Modesto Centre Plaza. Speakers will update the California Almond industry on the current status and requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s two announced rules: the Produce Safety rule and the GMPs and Preventive Controls rule.

Speakers include:

Dr. Scott Burnett — manager, Corporate Quality & Food Safety — MOM Brands (Malt O Meal). He will address control/challenges associated with pathogens in low moisture facilities.

Dr. Trevor Suslow — UC Davis, will discuss the use of manure and compost material as well as migration of microorganisms from animal operations to adjacent fields. His presentation will include what has been learned from the produce industry.

Dr. Hildegarde Heymann — UC Davis, speaking on the almond sensory lexicon. Dr. Heymann’s presentation will include an interactive sensory demonstration.

Roberta Wagner — FDA (tentative), reporting on findings from almond facility inspections.

Dr. Themis Michailides — UC Davis (tentative), with a presentation on the commercial use of atoxigenic Aspergillus (AF36) to reduce aflatoxin in almond orchards.

Additional speakers will be announced next month.

To RSVP, email Jayme Puthoff or online registration for the symposium begins May 20. The program begins at 9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel.

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