Two Calif. Research Projects
Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, Executive Director of the
Center for Produce Safety (CPS) at the
UC Davis, announced sixteen new grant awards valued at $3 million.
The research awards are directed at answering critical questions in specific
- food safety practices for
fruit, vegetable and tree nut production
- pre-harvest, harvest and
- co-management of food
safety and the environment.
The objective is to provide the produce industry with
practical, translatable research data that can be used at all levels of the
The broad range of the projects reflects the commitment
of CPS's Partners in Research (PIR), a cross section of public and private
partners. Contributing partners for these projects are:
- California Department of
Food and Agriculture
- California Cantaloupe
- California Melon Research
- California Leafy Greens
- Western Center for Food
- California Pistachio
- CPS Campaign for Research.
Two of the sixteen research
projects include California researchers:
Linda Harris, University of California, Davis
Assessing postharvest food safety risks and identifying
mitigation strategies for foodborne pathogens in pistachios.
Trevor Suslow, University of California, Davis
Remediation and recovery measures to expedite planting or replanting of
vegetables following soil contamination by Salmonella
Research work on these projects will commence in January 2014.
"Each year, submissions to the RFP grow,” said Stephen
Patricio, chairman for the CPS Board of Directors. The CPS Technical
Committee reviewed 55 proposals, the highest number of proposals received since
the initial RFP in 2008. To date, CPS has funded 85 projects valued at
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