Tuesday, February 05, 2013 by Lee Mannering
Last week the Center for Produce Safety at the University of California, Davis, announced its 2013 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.
The 2013 RFP seeks to fund both general produce food safety questions and commodity-specific questions. Core (produce-general) research priorities endeavor to better understand risk potential and to develop more effective food safety management tools in the following areas:
- Compost, soil amendment fertilizer use, and cultivation practices
- Buffer zones from domestic animals to fruit and vegetable production
- Co-management of food safety and the environment
- Agricultural water
- Climate, environment, and production practices
- Harvest and cooling practices
- Pathogen transfer from water during postharvest handling and processing
- Pathogen survival in the postharvest distribution chain
In a press statement, our Chief Science and Technology Officer Dr. Bob Whitaker (also chair of the CPS Technical Committee) noted the request for proposals “builds upon the portfolio of research projects already funded by CPS as we seek to extend our understanding of food safety across the produce industry. I’m particularly encouraged by the diverse collection of partners that have chosen to participate in this year’s request and look forward to working with them as we review proposals for funding.”
The CPS has provided industry with a number of food safety education resources, including Webinars on washwater and the annual research symposia that have been held each June. You can learn more via the CPS tag.