On March 24 and 25, more than 60 industry, government, and academia representatives convened at the fourth annual “Opportunities in Phytosanitary Irradiation for Fresh Produce Workshop” held at Chapman University in Orange, CA. The workshop was designed to provide diverse stakeholders with a regular forum to discuss the appropriate role of irradiation in the U.S. fresh produce industry. The event was co-hosted by USDA-APHIS and Chapman University.
Cory Lunde, Western Growers policy analyst and project manager, made a presentation at the workshop titled, “Export Markets for California Produce,” and highlighted the increasing prevalence of foreign countries using sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures as a trade barrier for U.S. fruit and vegetable exports. USDA-APHIS and Chapman University are jointly studying the effects of radiation on fresh produce and exploring its potential use as a means to overcome SPS barriers facing California fruit and vegetable exporters.
For additional information or a copy of the presentation, please contact Cory Lunde at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.885.2264.
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