Woodland, CA 10.18.2016 -The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) today announced 10 new research awards valued at over $2 million. The awards are for research projects directed at answering critical questions in specific areas of food safety practices for fruits and vegetables; pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest handling; and food safety and the environment. The objective is to provide the produce industry with practical, translatable research data that can be used at all levels of the supply chain.
"We are excited to team with CPS because CPS helps to link fundamental research with real-world practice, and helps us as researchers to access industry
input to maximize our project's impact," said Dr. Kyle Bibby, University of Pittsburgh and a first-time CPS award recipient. "Our research will begin developing an indicator for viral pollution in irrigation water that is more reliable than the indicators that are currently available. We know how vital irrigation water safety and quality is to growers, and to public confidence in the safety of fresh produce."
The awards were made possible by funds provided by the Center for Produce Safety's campaign contributors, the California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
2016 RFP Grant Recipients (projects will begin January 2017):
Ana Allende, CEBAS CSIS Spain
Mary Anne Amalaradjou, University of Connecticut
Kyle Bibby, University of Pittsburgh
Linda Harris, University of California, Davis
Gerardo Lopez, University of Arizona
Xiaonan Lu, University of British Columbia
Trevor Suslow, University of California, Davis
Keith Warriner, University of Guelph
Martin Wiedmann, Cornell University
Meijun Zhu, Washington State University
To date, CPS has funded 120 projects valued at over $20 million. To view additional information on projects that have been funded by CPS, click HERE.