At the 2012 Symposium, results were presented for 18 CPS funded projects in four separate sessions:
- Good Agricultural Practices — Buffer Zones and Animal Vectors
- Good Agricultural Practices — Irrigation Water Quality
- Good Agricultural Practices — Inputs, Cultivation and Harvest
- Good Agricultural Practices — Wash Water and Process Control
In each session panels consisting of industry executives and scientists, regulatory leaders and academic scientists discussed the findings in detail. This report is intended as a summary and interpretation of the technical sessions presented at the third annual Center for Produce Safety Research Symposium held at the University of California, Davis, CA, on June 27, 2012. The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) was founded in 2007 and operates in collaboration with industry, government, scientific and academic partners.
The authors’ intent is to provide this report as a guide that the produce industry will find of use in understanding the latest research and in determining how to apply the research to their day-to-day operations. They have attempted, in addition to a review of each research project, to present key findings from each project along with an interpretation of what those findings mean for growing, harvesting and processing operations. The report also includes observations and recommendations regarding industry issues and opportunities and a review of several emerging food safety tools that demonstrate potential benefit for the industry.
What’s in This Report?
This report includes research from:
a. the 18 projects covered during the presentations,
b. information from the annual or final reports for each project,
c. prior research funded through CPS relevant to the current findings,
d. posters on display at the symposium and e) panel discussions following session presentations.
The discussions highlighted how the research results are being used or could be used with a particular presentations for an additional 33 projects. Poster presentations are available on the CPS website at https://cps.ucdavis.edu/poster_session.php. Final reports for fourteen of the projects, which have not been subject to peer review, are available on the CPS website at https://cps.ucdavis.edu/grant_opportunities_awards.php.
This report was made possible by the dedicated contribution of the following individuals: Robert Whitaker, Ph.D., Chief Science & Technology Officer, Produce Marketing Association. Hank Giclas, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Science & Technology, Western Growers.
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