Knowledge Transfer Task Force

A Center for Produce Safety (CPS) strategic priority is to "facilitate, translate and distribute knowledge". In support, the Knowledge Transfer Task Force (KTTF) was formed.

KTTF Members

Doug Grant
Chair, KTTF
The Oppenheimer Group
Dave Corsi
Wegmans Food Markets
Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli
The Center for Produce Safety
Dave Murray
Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce/Good Farms
Tom Stenzel
United Fresh Produce Association
Max Teplitski
Produce Marketing Association
Tim York
Tim York, LLC

No matter where your company is in the Fresh Produce supply chain, the Center for Produce Safety is an amazing resource for the latest on independent scientific research, practical solutions, and expertise to help with your quest to improve food safety."

-Doug Grant, Chair, KTTF

KTTF Articles

Articles originally appeared in The Packer, and are reprinted here with permission. © 2020 The Packer

7/31/2020
Article 13 - Looking ahead at research needs for fresh-cut produce
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Lathrop - The effects of storage conditions and the microbiome of non-traditional salad ingredients on the fate of Listeria monocytogenes
Nitin - Rechargeable antimicrobial and antifouling plastics for improved cleaning and sanitation of plastic bins and totes
Suslow - Resolving postharvest harborage sites of Listeria protects Zone 1 surfaces
Wiedmann - Listeria whole genome sequence data reference sets are needed to allow for improved persistence assessment and source tracking
Zhang - Non-fouling food contact surfaces - prevention of biofilm and surface-mediated cross-contamination
Zhu - Control of Listeria monocytogenes on apple through spray manifold-applied antimicrobial intervention
5/27/2020
Article 12 - Food safety focus: Turning up the heat on composting
Related Resources:
Jiang - Environmental effects on the growth or survival of stress-adapted Escherichia coli 0157:H7 and Salmonella spp. in compost.
Sharma - Validation of testing methods for the detection and quantification of E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella spp., fecal coliforms and non-pathogenic E. coli in compost.
Warriner - Die-off rates of human pathogens in manure amended soil under natural climatic conditions using novel sentinel chamber system
4/23/2020
Article 11 - Distance from CAFOs - What are the risks and how to mitigate.
Related Resources:
Berry - E.Coli O157:H7 in bioaerosols from cattle production areas: evaluation of proximity and airborne transport on leafy green crop contamination
Hoar - Developing buffer zone distances between sheep grazing operations and vegetable crops to maximize food safety
Jay-Russell - Reducing the risk of transfer of zoonotic foodborne pathogens from domestic and wild animal to vegetable crops in the Southwest desert
Rock - Agriculture Water Treatment - Southwest Region
Thakur - Establishment of vegetative buffer zones to reduce the risk of STEC and Salmonella transmission from animal operations to fresh produce on co-managed farms
Thakur - Food safety risks at the fresh produce animal interface: identifying pathogen sources and their movement on diversified farms
3/13/2020
Article 10 - A good marketing offense starts with food safety defense
Related Resources:
Berry - Escherichia coli O157:H7 in bioaerosols from cattle production areas: evaluation of proximity and airborne transport on leafy green crop contamination
Bright - Identification of novel indicator organisms to determine the risks of fecal contamination of irrigation waters
Gutierrez-Rodriguez - Establishing Die-off Rates of Surrogate and Virulent EHEC-STEC Strains from Strawberry and Cilantro Surfaces: Time, Inoculum Dose and Chemical Intervention
Ivanek - FSMA agricultural-water die-off compliance provisions benefit from condition-specific modifiers
Strawn - Control of Cross-Contamination during Field-pack and Retail Handling of Cantaloupe
Suslow - Evaluation of an alternative irrigation water quality indicator
1/03/2020
Article 9 - To find food safety efficiencies, look to the research
Related Resources:
Deng - Possibility, duration, and molecular predictors of sanitizer tolerance in Listeria monocytogenes
Dunn - Environmental microbial risks associated with vented produce in distribution centers
10/07/2019
Article 8 - Strive for Food Safety Perfection, Settle for Excellence
Related Resources:
Lu - Detection, validation, and assessment of risks implied by the viable but non-culturable (VBNC) state of enteric bacterial pathogens in fresh produce
Munther - Mathematical modeling tools for practical chlorine control in produce wash process
Suslow - Resolving postharvest harborage sites of Listeria protects Zone 1 surfaces
6/17/2019
Article 7 - Food safety truisms: trust but verify
Related Resources:
Danyluk - Pathogen transfer risks associated with specific tomato harvest and packing operations
McLandsborough - Survival, transfer, and inactivation of Salmonella on plastic materials used in tomato harvest
Strawn - Control of cross-contamination during field-pack and retail handling of cantaloupe
5/17/2019
Article 6 - It's time to fuel food safety change
Related Resources:
Allende - Establishment of operating standards for produce wash systems through the identification of specific metrics and test methods
Lopez - Cyclospora: Potential reservoirs and occurrence in irrigation waters
Rock - CPS Rapid Response Yuma Valley
Wiedmann - Remotely-sensed and field-collected hydrological, landscape and weather data can predict the quality of surface water used for produce production
3/26/2019
Article 5 - How well do you understand irrigation water risk management
Related Resources:
Rock - Evaluation of risk-based water quality sampling strategies for the fresh produce industry
Verhougstraete - Optimal strategies for monitoring irrigation water quality and the development of guidelines for the irrigation of food crops
3/01/2019
Article 4 - How well are you managing risk?
Related Resources:
Berry - Escherichia coli O157:H7 in bioaerosols from cattle production areas: evaluation of proximity and airborne transport on leafy green crop contamination
Wiedmann - Validation of geospatial algorithms to predict the prevalence and persistence of pathogens in produce fields to improve GAPs
12/21/2018
Article 3 - How well are you controlling animal intrusion?
Related Resources:
Jay-Russell - Investigation of potential reservoirs of shiga toxin-producing E. coli and Salmonella in produce production areas of Arizona and Mexico
11/21/2018
Article 2 - A question for C-Level Executives - how well are you sleeping at night?
Related Resources:
Luo - Minimizing pathogen transference during lettuce harvesting by optimizing the design of the harvesting device and operation practices
10/26/2018
Article 1 - Go beyond the audit every day!
Related Resources:
Strawn - Control of cross-contamination during field-pack and retail handling of cantaloupe