The Dried Fruit and Tree Nut Association of California (DFA)
The annual Safe Food California event is Parented by the Dried Fruit and Tree Nut Association of California (DFA), whose mission is stated as follows on its website:
“Established in 1908, DFA is a technical service organization focused on addressing the needs of the food industry with a special emphasis on California’s specialty crops. With rapidly growing expectations from regulators, consumers, and retail outlets, we help companies become more proactive in their approach to food safety and quality practices. DFA offers technical services to growers, packers, processors and food manufacturers to aid in their efforts to maintain the highest standards in food safety and quality.”
Fruits of all kinds, along with other tree-grown nuts, are in great hands with the DFA who works hard (as stated) to create an environment of safety and quality while assisting with regulations and retail push. As noted in the recent post we did on pistachios titled, Power of the Pistachio, the DFA and the Safe Food California event has the clear goal of continuing to bring safe and wholesome foods to market. Pre-noted event sponsors and attendees include some of the top growers and suppliers from the fruit and tree nut categories including (but not limited to) National Raisin Company, Sunsweet, California Walnuts, Blue Diamond, Sunmaid, ShoEi, California Dried Plums, National Pecan, Valley Fig Growers, Mariani Nut Company, Mariani Premium Dried Fruit. For a complete list of sponsors go here.
General Sessions and Educational Breakouts: Many Chances to Learn
From sessions targeted at stopping food-borne illness to gaining a retailer’s perspective on a supplier’s food safety program, there are several, important topics being covered in session format at the upcoming Safe Food California event. See the full list of sessions here.
Educational breakouts will also be offered at the event, including one covering the FDA’s new Food Safety Management Act (FSMA). As many of you already know, the FSMA is a real game-changer for the food industry, altering the way food producers, processors and distributors operate their business. Learn about this and other important educational opportunities being offered at the event here.
View the entire Safe Food California event schedule here.