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
Hank Giclas
Western Growers Association
Tom Stenzel
United Fresh Produce Association
Bob Whitaker
Whitaker Consulting
Tim York
Markon Cooperative, Inc.

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

Article 9 - To find food safety efficiencies, look to the research
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Deng - Possibility, duration, and molecular predictors of sanitizer tolerance in Listeria monocytogenes
Dunn - Environmental microbial risks associated with vented produce in distribution centers
Article 8 - Strive for Food Safety Perfection, Settle for Excellence
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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
Article 7 - Food safety truisms: trust but verify
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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
Article 6 - It's time to fuel food safety change
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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
Article 5 - How well do you understand irrigation water risk management
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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
Article 4 - How well are you managing risk?
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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
Article 3 - How well are you controlling animal intrusion?
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Jay-Russell - Investigation of potential reservoirs of shiga toxin-producing E. coli and Salmonella in produce production areas of Arizona and Mexico
Article 2 - A question for C-Level Executives - how well are you sleeping at night?
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Luo - Minimizing pathogen transference during lettuce harvesting by optimizing the design of the harvesting device and operation practices
Article 1 - Go beyond the audit every day!
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Strawn - Control of cross-contamination during field-pack and retail handling of cantaloupe