The Center for Food Safety (CPS) announced yesterday that 14 new grants totaling more than $2.8 million have been awarded to answer critical questions in food safety practices. The objective of the awards is to provide the produce industry with practical, translatable research data that can be used at all levels of the supply chain. Specifically, the research awards will focus on fruit, vegetable and nut production, pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest handling and co-management of food safety and the environment.
Western Growers board member Stephen Patricio, who also serves as the chairman for the CPS Board of Directors said, "We're very encouraged and excited about this round of funded research projects. The research being conducted at CPS is relevant to all points of the supply chain - farmers, shippers, handlers and consumers. The goal for CPS, and our contributing Partners in Research, is to keep fresh produce safe for everyone. I encourage industry stakeholders to continue their support of the Center for Produce Safety research programs."
Contributing partners for these projects are: California Department of Food and Agriculture, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Washington State Department of Agriculture, California Cantaloupe Advisory Board, California Leafy Greens Research Program, California Melon Research Board, California Pistachio Research Program, National Mango Board, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and the CPS Campaign for Research.
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