Summary of Awards to Date

Enhancing the microbial safety of fresh and fresh-cut melon.

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Sep. 1, 2004 - Aug. 31, 2005

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Center for Produce Safety

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Trevor Suslow, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis


Whether domestically produced or imported, recent reoccurring outbreaks linked to melon consumption have heightened concern for food safety. The purpose of this project is to develop better methods to prevent and remove contamination of whole and fresh cut melons. Combinations of practical treatments will be developed. The goal is to optimize disinfection treatments that maintain or potentially extend the sensory quality and nutritive attributes of melons.