Knowledge Transfer Task Force

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KTTF Articles

9/29/2022
Article 25 - We do more together than we ever could apart
8/08/2022
Article 24 - Questions to ask about improving food safety
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2021 Food & Health Survey By Food Insight
Gerba - Development of a model to predict the impact of sediments on microbial irrigation water quality
Mis Solval -Using low-cost smartphone-based infrared cameras to evaluate cooling and storage conditions of fresh produce
7/14/2022
Article 23 - Column: Connecting with produce-focused food safety talent
6/01/2022
Article 22 - Column: Putting food safety research to work
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Dawson - Verification and validation of environmental monitoring programs for biofilm control in the packinghouse
Diez-Gonzalez - Control of Listeria monocytogenes in processing/packing plants using antimicrobial blue light (aBL)
Fridman - Post-Harvest Fresh Produce Wash Water Disinfection by Submerged Cold Plasma Non-Chemical Continuous Treatment System
Mattioli - Sources and prevalence of Cyclospora cayetanensis in Southeastern US water sources and growing environments
Ortega - The prevalence of Cyclospora in water and produce
Upadhyay - Application of ultra-fine bubble technology to reduce Listeria monocytogenes contamination of fresh produce
4/22/2022
Article 21 - Produce safety: What we know about animal intrusion, proximity
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Bright - When the E. coli hits the fan! Evaluating the risks of dust-associated produce cross-contamination
Jay-Russell - Evaluation of amphibians and reptiles as potential reservoirs of foodborne pathogens and risk reduction to protect fresh produce and the environment.
Jay-Russell - Evaluation of falconry as an economically viable co-management strategy to deter nuisance birds in leafy green fields
Jay-Russell - Investigation of potential reservoirs of shiga toxin-producing E. coli and Salmonella in produce production areas of Arizona and Mexico. (rapid response)
Rock - CPS Rapid Response - Yuma Valley
Shariat - Understanding and predicting food safety risks posed by wild birds
2/18/2022
Article 20 - Fresh produce safety benefits from diverse expertise
1/27/2022
Article 19 - Informing on the FSMA water quality rule
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Gerba - Development of a model to predict the impact of sediments on microbial irrigation water quality
Ivanek - FSMA agricultural-water die-off compliance provisions benefit from condition-specific modifiers
Rock - Agriculture Water Treatment – Southwest Region
Rock - Assessment of E. coli as an indicator of microbial quality of irrigation waters use for produce
Sanchez Moragas - Occurrence and accumulation of potentially infectious viruses in process water and impact of water disinfection practices to minimize viral cross-contamination
Vellidis - Does Salmonella move through the irrigation systems of mixed produce farms of the southeastern United States?
12/22/2021
Article 18 - Column: Tackling listeria, our produce safety greatest common denominator
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Diez-Gonzalez - Control of Listeria monocytogenes in processing/packing plants using antimicrobial blue light (aBL)
Lathrop - The effects of storage conditions and the microbiome of non-traditional salad ingredients on the fate of Listeria monocytogenes
Strawn - A systematic review of Listeria growth and survival on fruit and vegetable surfaces: responding to critical knowledge gaps
Wiedmann - Factors affecting persistence of Listeria monocytogenes need to be identified for evaluation and prioritization of interventions
11/05/2021
Article 17 - What’s your food safety nightmare?
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Allende - Significance of sanitizers on induction of viable but non-cultivable (VBNC) foodborne bacteria and their survival and resuscitation in fresh produce
Wiedmann - Factors affecting persistence of Listeria monocytogenes need to be identified for evaluation and prioritization of interventions
7/10/2021
Article 16 - Cyclospora: What can the produce industry do now?
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Kniel - Analysis of the presence of Cyclospora in waters of the Mid-Atlantic States and evaluation of removal and inactivation by filtration
Lenaghan - Determination of physical and chemical mechanisms to prevent Cyclospora infection
Lopez - Cyclospora prevalence in irrigation water in fresh produce growing regions in Arizona
Mattioli - Sources and prevalence of Cyclospora cayetanensis in Southeastern US water sources and growing environments
Ortega - The prevalence of Cyclospora in water and produce
2/03/2021
Article 15 - Produce safety can’t pause for a pandemic
11/30/2020
Article 14 - Unraveling the cyclospora mystery
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Kniel - Analysis of the presence of Cyclospora in waters of the Mid-Atlantic States and evaluation of removal and inactivation by filtration
Lenaghan - Determination of physical and chemical mechanisms to prevent Cyclospora infection
Lopez - Cyclospora prevalence in irrigation water in fresh produce growing regions
Mattioli - Sources and prevalence of Cyclospora cayetanensis in Southeastern US water sources and growing environments
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
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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.
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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
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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
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
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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
10/07/2019
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
6/17/2019
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
5/17/2019
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
3/26/2019
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
3/01/2019
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
12/21/2018
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
11/21/2018
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
10/26/2018
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