Western Food Safety Summit Delivers
Thursday and Friday last week, three colleagues at RedLine Solutions and I invested our time at the Western Food Safety Conference. This event was hosted by the Hartnell College Agricultural and Technology Institute in Salinas, CA, and was packed with knowledgeable speakers covering topics including:
• Emerging Food Safety Training requirements of FSMA
• Water Treatment
• FDA Investigator Skills
• Legal Responsibilities for Food Safety
• FSMA Implementation Panel Discussion
I had attended this conference in 2010 and was impressed by the growth in attendance and solid content provided. Clearly food safety is top of mind with most grower shippers today. We have come a long way in four years, and I expect things will change even faster over the next four years. By then FSMA requirements will have moved from discussion to reality. Case labeling, PTI, will be a reality for all "high risk" commodities and retailer adoption will be widespread. While case labeling may be most visible aspect of FSMA to the public, the real impact will be in the food safety requirements. Food safety plans will require is to identify potential risks in our processes, and how we plan to mitigate or ideally eliminate those risks, and how we will monitor and measure our progress. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but the rewards of a safer and more traceable food supply are worth it.