Safety Solutions for Food Loss and Waste: Agenda

Aligning the Food System: Food Safety Considerations for Developing Food Waste Solutions

May 15-16, 2019 | University of California, Davis


This workshop will feature panels on food recovery and donations, food "upcycling", and composting and anaerobic digestion for nutrient recycling. With presentations from 15 field experts and guided roundtable discussions, this workshop will culminate in an outcomes-oriented breakout session on the future of FLW solutions. Click here to download a PDF of the full workshop agenda.

Day 1: May 15, 2019
All events will take place in the UC Davis Alumni Center.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM: Introduction
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM: Welcome
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Keynote Speaker (TBD)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Reception

Day 2: May 16, 2019
All events will take place in the UC Davis Alumni Center.

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Session 1 - Food Recovery & Donation of Food
Food recovery can take on many forms, including recovery of prepared foods from restaurants or catered events, collection of excess foods from retail markets, and gleaning of produce from farms or home gardens. Dr. Erin DiCaprio, Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension, will lead this discussion on the unique food safety concerns with each type of operation. Speakers and panelists will include food recovery organizations, food banks, food safety specialists, and food safety regulators.

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Session 2 - Food "Upcycling"
This session will focus on the process of converting food waste material into new food products. Dr. Edward Spang, Assistant Professor in Food Science & Technology, will lead this discussion. Participants will include start-up companies that have built business models on this approach and can speak to the challenge of creating "food safe" systems for using "waste" products. A facilitated roundtable will feature academic food safety specialists and at least one representative from a regulatory agency (FDA, USDA, CDPH, CDFA, etc.) to speak on the food safety considerations related to "upcycled" foods.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Session 3 - Composting and Anaerobic Digestion for Nutrient Recycling
As California seeks to divert 75% of food waste away from landfills by 2025 (SB 1383), both composting and digesting technologies will play a key role in processing food waste back into nutrients in a safe way and at a large scale. Dr. Christopher Simmons, Professor in Food Science & Technology, will lead a discussion on these topics centered around industrial partners, academics and policymakers.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Breakout Session
This time will be dedicated to active brainstorming in small groups and as a full audience, working towards the goal of developing a list of best practices for food safety in food loss/waste solutions to be produced as an outcome of the workshop. Through a detailed summary, envisioning future challenges and opportunities, and group discussion, workshop attendees will take the first steps toward formulating these comprehensive best practices together.

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM: Closing

5:15 PM - 7:00 PM: Networking Reception