The Center for Produce Safety at UC Davis has announced the recipients of the first research awards aimed at providing the produce industry with the best science available to enhance food safety systems from field to fork.
Over $500,000 in research funds were awarded to the following recipients:
"A Sensitive and Specific Molecular Testing Method for Live Salmonella in Produce", Principal Investigator: Beilei Ge, Louisiana State University.
"Enhancing the effectiveness of human pathogen testing systems for the advancement of practical produce safety research and commercial management", Principal Investigator: Carol D'lima, UC Davis.
"Environmental effects on the growth or survival of stress-adapted Escherichia coli 015:H7 and Salmonella spp.in compost", Principal Investigator: Xiuping Jiang, Clemson University.
"Examination of the survival and internalization of E.coli on spinach under
field production environments", Principal Investigator: Steven T. Koike, UC Cooperative Extension.
"These awards represent a critical first step in achieving CPS's mission of funding new scientific studies to provide the industry with the information it needs to continually enhance food safety measures," says Dr. Bob Whitaker, Chief Science Officer for the Produce Marketing Association, and Chairman of the CPS Technical Committee
"I am immensely proud of the speed in which the dedicated industry, government, and academic volunteers that make up the Technical Committee were able to develop and award the research funds," adds Tim York, Chairman, CPS Advisory Board.
Data from the research is expected by December 31, 2009. The Center for Produce Safety Technical Committee will work with the principal investigators to translate the project findings into useful and useable information for the industry.