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Food safety experts meet at summit

The California Strawberry Commission (CSC) recently hosted the California Strawberry Food Safety Summit at the Monterey Conference Center.

“With renewed emphasis on food safety, the commission continues its leadership role in helping growers produce safe, wholesome strawberries,” says CSC president Mark Murai.

This unique educational summit brought together California strawberry industry leaders, prominent experts and regulators who are responding on the front lines of food safety crises. Some of the scheduled program speakers were:

  • Anita Highsmith, former Head of Water Quality Laboratories, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

  • Dr. Jeff Farrar, chief Food Safety Section, California Department of Health Services.

  • H. Gordon Cox, director of Investigations Branch, Pacific Region, Food & Drug Administration.

  • Mike Villaneva, inspection manager, Food Safety Section, California Department of Food & Agriculture/Researcher, Western Institute for Food Safety & Security.

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