Summary of Awards to Date

Improving the microbial safety and quality in fresh produce and processed products.

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Date

Dec. 1, 2008 - Nov. 30, 2013

Award Number

FLA-LAL-004830

Funding Agency

Center for Produce Safety

Investigator

Michelle Danyluk, Ph.D
University of Florida

Co-Investigator(s)

Goodrich-Schneider, R., Schneider, K., and Wright, A.

Summary

The US has seen a dramatic increase in the number of foodborne illnesses attributed to contaminated produce from 0.7% of all foodborne outbreaks in the 1970's to 6% in the 1990?s (Sivapalasingam, 2004). The top five produce items associated with 75% of produce outbreaks are lettuce and leafy greens, tomatoes, melons, green onions and leafy herbs such as basil, cilantro and parsley (Ackers et al., 2998; Campbell et al., 2001; Cummings et al., 2001; Mohle-Boetani et al., 1999). With the exception of tomatoes (CDC, 2005; Toth et al., 2002), most of these outbreaks have not originated from Florida-grown products; however, each commodity is produced commercially in Florida.