Western Growers is sponsoring the 17th Annual Western Food Safety Conference, which will be held May 4-5, 2022 at Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif. This will be a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual attendance via Zoom.

The speakers from Western Growers include Sonia Salas, the AVP of Science; Dennis Donohue, the Executive Director of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology; Afreen Malik, the Science Programs Director; and Walt Duflock, the Vice President of Innovation.

Ann Donahue

On March 16, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released findings from a sampling assignment that collected and tested processed avocado and guacamole from November 2017 to September 2019. The assignment sought to estimate the prevalence of Salmonella spp. and Listeria monocytogenes in processed avocado and guacamole as part of the FDA’s ongoing effort to proactively ensure food safety and prevent contaminated food from reaching consumers.

Sonia Salas

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