Jan 19, 2022
Event in Yuma, Arizona, to focus on food safety

The Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, the Center for Produce Safety and the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture are hosting AgTechX Food Safety, a one-day event dedicated to innovations in food safety technology.

It will be held Feb. 2, from 1 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton Yuma, 2030 S. Ave 3E, Yuma, AZ 85365.

The program will focus on food safety – the handling, processing and storage of food in order to prevent foodborne illness – which is among the biggest concerns of consumers. A 2020 Gallup poll of more than 150,000 people revealed that 60% were concerned about the issue of food safety. AgTechX Food Safety will showcase for your audience the innovators and thought leaders who are working to keep our nation’s food supply safe.

AgTechX Food Safety will include panels on industry issues, regulatory views and food safety technology acceleration. Confirmed speakers include:

*A keynote by Dr. David W.K. Acheson, F.R.C.P, President and CEO of The Acheson Group and former Chief Medical Officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

*Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture Executive Director Paul E. Brierley.

*Center for Produce Safety Executive Director Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, in conversation with Western Growers Assistant Vice President of Food Safety, Science & Technology Sonia E. Salas and University of Arizona Professor and Water Quality Specialist Channah M. Rock.

*President and CEO of JVSmith Companies, Victor Smith, in conversation with FDA Director for the Office of Partnerships Barbara Cassens and Research Scientist and Consultant Tom Sidebottom

Registration and the complete agenda for the event can be found here.

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