Report summarizes latest food industry research

A new report released by Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and Western Growers aims to help produce industry members understand the latest food safety research and how to apply key findings to their day-to-day operations.

The report summarizes and interprets research presented at the third annual Center for Produce Safety (CPS) Research Symposium held June 27, 2012, at the University of California, Davis, Calif. Covered in the report are results from 18 CPS-funded projects in four separate areas: Good Agricultural Practices: buffer zones and animal vectors; Good Agricultural Practices: irrigation water quality; Good Agricultural Practices: inputs, cultivation and harvest; and wash water and process control.

“It can be frustrating for non-scientists to identify key findings in research reports,” said Bob Whitaker, PMA chief science and technology officer and chair of the CPS Technical Committee. “We hope this report helps people from all over our industry understand what this research means and how it might be used in their own food safety programs.”

Co-authored by Whitaker and Hank Giclas, senior vice president, strategic planning, science and technology, Western Growers, the report is organized to include an executive summary describing key research trends, a review of each research project and an interpretation of what the findings mean for growing, harvesting and processing operations. Observations and recommendations regarding industry issues and opportunities and a review of several emerging food safety tools demonstrating potential benefit for the industry are also featured.

The 2013 CPS Research Symposium will be on June 25-26 in Rochester, N.Y. at the Wegmans Conference Center. The conference will present 16 new research-program reports by CPS-funded scientists. CPS is currently finalizing the agenda; look to for details as they emerge.

“A Practical Guide to the Scientific Research Presented at the Center for Produce Safety’s 2012 Research Symposium” is openly available and can be found here

Originally posted Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013

Tags: food safety, pma, research