Summary of Awards to Date

Reducing the risks of Salmonellosis on Maryland-grown fresh-market tomatoes through a coordinated research and extension education program.

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Date

Jun. 1, 2008 - May. 30, 2009

Award Number

MD-PSLA-0322

Funding Agency

USDA - CSREES

Investigator

Christopher Walsh, Ph.D.
University of Maryland

Co-Investigator(s)

Newell, M., Ottesen, A., and Rosencrantz, G.

Summary

The primary goal of this proposal is to reduce the risk of Salmonella for producers and consumers of fresh tomatoes grown in Maryland. To do this we expect to develop a team that will serve three different audiences; Extension Educators, Vegetable Producers, and the Food Safety and Scientific Community. To test the impact of this program we will monitor the implementation of the following Awareness of the need for GAPs in the wholesale tomato industry Increase in the number and acreage of GAPs Certified Producers in Maryland Development of additional scientific information and the collaboration with others Awareness will be monitored by pre and post tests administered to Extension Educators at the In-Service training, and producers at the proposed Tomato Workshop in Winter, 2008. The increase in the number and acreage of GAPs Certified Producers will be followed by direct contacts made with third-party auditors working in the DelMarVa Region.