The Center for Produce Safety's 2011 Produce Research Symposium is sure to feature a topic of interest for everyone as real-world implications of the latest produce food safety research are presented June 28 in Orlando, Fla., USA.
The challenges and opportunities of "mining" industry and regulatory surveillance data to assess risks will be the focus of session three. Researchers and a top-notch discussion panel will look at a number of CPS funded programs that make use of data and samples provided by the industry. Specifically, the projects covered include risk management practices for reducing E. coli in irrigation source water supplies and distribution systems; a wildlife survey for E. coli O157:H7 in the central coastal counties of California; assessing postharvest risks for Salmonella in pistachios; using Leafy Green Marketing Agreement audit data to determine non-compliance areas; and investigation of potential reservoirs of E. coli and Salmonella in produce production areas of Arizona and Mexico.
"Attending the symposium is critical because the information is directly applicable, timely and useful," said current food safety consultant Jim Lugg, retired Chiquita International/ Fresh Express.
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