Speakers Lined Up for Almond Quality, Food Safety Symposium


From compost in the orchard to almond sensory evaluation, there’s something for everyone in the California Almond industry at the Almond Quality and Food Safety Symposium to be held July 2 at the Modesto Centre Plaza. The event is held annually by the Almond Board of California to keep the industry up to date with advancements in food safety technology.

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.

A complete list of speakers will be provided in the June issue of The Handle along with registration information and CEUs available.

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