Sep. 1, 2008 - Aug. 31, 2012Award Number
USDA - CSREESAmount Awarded
Thomas J. Burr, Ph.D.
Worobo, R., Wiedmann, M., Danyluk, M., Brashears, M., Harris, L., Thornsbury, S.Summary
The increased number of produce related foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States has raised consumer awareness and concerns with the safety of fresh produce. The contamination of fruits and vegetables with foodborne pathogens can occur throughout the food chain and that a single intervention strategy (or relying on intervention at a single point in the chain) cannot be used to eliminate or control microbial hazards in fresh fruits and vegetables. Rather, effective preventative measures require a comprehensive "farm to fork" approach that relies on science based GAPs as well as additional control strategies throughout processing and distribution. This proposal represents a multidisciplinary, collaborative effort among scientists from several institutions and states, which includes applied research, outreach and education components aimed at reducing the risk of contamination of fresh and fresh cut fruits and vegetables with foodborne pathogens by intervening at the growing, harvesting, packinghouse, transportation, retail and consumer levels.