Date: Aug 12, 2014
Ag Water & Food Safety Findings in One Report

There have been dozens of projects and reports and hundreds of pages of scientific research findings completed by the Center for Produce Safety over the past few years on agricultural water and its impact on food safety.  To help you take better advantage of this knowledge and information, WG has partnered with the CPS and the Produce Marketing Association to evaluate and consolidate that body of knowledge into one report for the benefit of members of the fresh produce industry: Agriculture Water: Five-Year Research Review  report is now available.

Four key areas have been covered in this report:

  1. Human Pathogen Prevalence, Quality and Persistence in Ag Water
  2. Transfer and Persistence of Human Pathogens from Contaminated Ag Water to the Ag Environment and Produce
  3. Managing Ag Water Safety
  4. Tools to Assess the Risk Posed by Ag Water Use and Practices

“I think it is often difficult for a grower or a handler to track the volume of relevant, industry-ready research that comes out of the Center for Produce Safety,” said Hank Giclas, senior vice president, science, technology and strategic planning for Western Growers. “It is even more challenging when you look back over the last six years at almost $14 million worth of funding for 85 different projects across almost two dozen institutions.  That is why I am very excited and pleased to work with PMA to review and synthesize CPS output on a topic-by-topic basis.”

With the proposed produce safety rule policy debate taking place within the industry, this report will be an excellent resource about appropriate and effective ag water preventive control standards.

For questions about the Agricultural Water: Five-Year Research Review report findings or other research areas pertaining to food safety, science and technology, please contact CPS’ Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, PMA’s Dr. Jim Gorny, or WG’s Hank Giclas.

WG Staff Contact

Hank Giclas
Sr. Vice President, Strategic Planning, Science & Technology
949-885-2205

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