$3M in Funds Available to Answer
Produce Food Safety Questions
The Center for Produce Safety has announced
its 2014 request for food safety research proposals. The center and its public
and industry research partners are making $3 million available to fund general
and commodity-specific research aimed at addressing the fresh produce
industry's food safety research needs.
Proposals are due by March
14, 2014, 5 p.m. PST, and should be submitted through the CPS Grant System website. All qualified
research professionals are eligible to apply for CPS funding.
"This request for
proposals builds on previously funded CPS research and provides a clear roadmap
to generate the information needed to develop science and risk-based best
practices and policies to enhance produce safety across the supply chain,"
said Dr. Jim Gorny, vice president of
food safety and technology, Produce Marketing Association, and chair of the CPS
Technical Committee. "I especially look forward to working with the
numerous CPS partners in research as we review the proposals. Their active
participation throughout the process has and continues to be critical in
assuring the success of CPS funded research."
The 2014 RFP seeks to fund
both general produce food safety questions and commodity-specific questions.
Core (general produce) research priorities
endeavor to better understand risk potential and to develop more effective food
safety management tools. Factors affecting human pathogen persistence, routes
of produce contamination, agricultural water, and harvest and postharvest water
are among the core research areas listed.
CPS and its partners
sponsor research projects designed to fill basic knowledge gaps in specific
areas of food safety practices for fruit, vegetable, and tree nut production,
as well as harvest and post-harvest handling. One public partner is
CDFA-Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Some commodity partners are:
- Almond Board of
- California Cantaloupe
- California Melon
- California Leafy
Greens Research Board
- California Pistachio
CPS has compiled an
impressive four-year body of work, awarding nearly $13.6 million and funding 85
one and two-year research projects at 27 universities and organizations.
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