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Research seeks improved poultry litter treatments 
November 30, 2016
Project seeks better understanding of preventing Listeria transfer 
October 26, 2016
Center for Produce Safety Announces Call for Research Proposals 
October 20, 2016
Center for Produce Safety Awards 10 New Research Projects 
October 18, 2016
'Dipstick' may offer rapid on-farm bacterial testing of water, produce samples 
September 1, 2016
2016 CPS Research Symposium Key Learnings 
August 1, 2016
Supporters sign on to CPS produce safety research campaign as this year's Research Symposium nears 
June 8, 2016
University of Arizona researchers team on ways to improve water quality assessments 
May 9, 2016

Dr. Kelly Bright, an associate research professor with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is leading the project titled "Enteric viruses as new indicators of human and cattle fecal contamination of irrigation waters." Dr. Marc Verhougstraete, an assistant professor in the College of Public Health, is co-investigator.

A Closer Look - UF water sampling technique, microbial surrogates may offer better risk assessment tools 
March 17, 2016

Research led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is examining a new irrigation water sample collection method that is expected to enable better detection of pathogens and fecal indicators to better reflect microbial risks and fecal sources for irrigation water. The project is looking at surrogate organisms that may be better indicators of fecal contamination than E. coli, said Vincent Hill, Ph.D., and an environmental engineer with the CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases.

Wegmans Foundation, Numerous Producers Come Together to Fund Produce Safety Research  
March 16, 2016

The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation, in addition to several other produce industry leaders, have recently added their names to the roll call for - and a combined $420,000 to the coffers of - the Center for Produce Safety's (CPS) Campaign for Produce Safety, CPS has announced. The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation is joined by (in alphabetical order) Amigo Farms, Inc., Coastline Family Farms, Inc., Diversified Restaurant Systems, Inc., National Watermelon Association, New York Apple Association, Inc., New York Apple Sales, Inc., Procacci Brothers Sales Corp. and Santa Rosa Produce, LLC.

Western Growers' $1 million contribution pushes CPS research campaign past halfway mark 
March 10, 2016

Western Growers has committed $1 million to the Center for Produce Safety's (CPS) Campaign for Produce Safety, officials from both organizations have announced. Western Growers' contribution brings total campaign commitments to more than $10 million - over halfway toward CPS's goal.

A Closer Look - Project Assesses Food Safety Impacts of Delays between Pistachio Harvest and Drying 
February 25, 2016

Even with the best-laid plans, delays can happen during pistachio harvest and post-harvest handling. Not only can the slowdowns reduce overall nut processing efficiency and quality, but they also may have food safety implications.A two-year research project led by Dr. Linda Harris, Cooperative Extension specialist in microbial food safety, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, examined the potential for those delays to increase food safety risks.

Fresh Produce Buyers and Sellers Come Together to Support Food Safety Research Campaign with $750,000 in Funding 
February 2, 2016

The fresh produce supply chain continues to unite to support the Center for Produce Safety's (CPS) Campaign for Produce Safety, as leading retail and foodservice buyers and well-known producers alike announced commitments to fund produce-specific food safety research.

Center for Produce Safety Receives $750,000 in Support from Washington State Tree Fruit Association 
January 27, 2016

The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) today announced it has received a $750,000 commitment from Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA), the trade group representing all segments of the tree fruit industry in the state of Washington.

A Closer Look - Project seeks sustainable approach to disinfect surface irrigation water 
January 27, 2016

A group of Spanish researchers is conducting studies into sustainable approaches for using chlorine dioxide to disinfect surface irrigation water for produce fields. But they say their results should be useful to growers worldwide, regardless of where they farm.

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