University of California

Advanced Produce Safety Workshop

Dates: November 8, 2017 - November 9, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Contact: Heidi Meier -

Sponsor: UC Postharvest Technology Center

Location: Heidrick Agriculture Museum and Event Center

Event Details

This workshop is an integrated approach to building a foundation of awareness and improved understanding of the current scientific basis for produce microbial safety systems. Content is designed to provide participants with a framework for decision-making on key topics common to industry guidance and standards. The curriculum is a blend of fundamental, applied, and practical information that will challenge existing knowledge and assumptions regarding the How, Why, Where and When facts of systems-oriented tactics in developing, implementing, managing, and complying with evolving produce food safety programs. Course delivery is an interactive combination of formal lectures, group assessment of case examples, and break-out group problem-solving challenges.

Participants are assumed to be familiar with the basic elements of prerequisite GAPs and GHPs programs and harmonized produce safety audit criteria. The emphasis of the curriculum is the science-basis for audit standards and preparing for using audits and targeted microbiological testing to improve performance. Key resources and tools for hazard awareness, risk identification, risk-based preventive controls, and verification of corrective actions will be provided. Instructors will provide a strong emphasis in practical applications and "boots-on-the-ground" experience in dealing with programmatic and day to day produce safety challenges.

Who Should Attend

The course content is primarily designed for entry and junior level produce safety professionals across the supply-chain and affiliated industries. Educators, managers, policy developers, or others with an interest in produce safety will find the course content informative and unique.

Event Reminder

College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Postharvest Technology Center
Department of Plant Sciences

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