September 03, 2020
You are invited to a (virtual) fresh produce food safety workshop hosted by participants from USDA-NIFA project (#2016-51181-25403) entitled “Food Safety Innovations and Preventive Controls during Fresh-cut Produce Washing and Retail Display”. Project members will present our key findings...
October 05, 2018
Members of the USDA-ARS project team visited Lipman Produce and Taylor Farms fresh-cut processing facilities in New Jersey, October 2018. The team is collaborating with Lipman Produce to conduct commercial scale experiments and collect water and produce samples for testing.
October 01, 2018
Co-PI Dr. Trevor Suslow (formerly at UC Davis) joined the Produce Marketing Association as vice president of food safety in October 2018. https://www.pma.com/Content/Press-Releases/2018/Trevor-Suslow-Hire
September 25, 2018
PD Luo and Co-PDs Millner and Pearlstein recently collaborated with Dr. Boce Zhang from University of Massachusetts on research to prevent biofilm and surface-mediated cross-contamination. The team (led by Zhang) received a grant from the Center for Produce Safety for $269,825.
September 25, 2018
Co-PI Nou and project team members (Luo, Millner) recently received $360,199 from the Center for Produce Safety to support their research on “Assessing growth potential and kinetics of L. monocytogenes on a variety of fresh produce and factors affecting Lm persistence”.
September 19, 2018
Co-PI Suslow coordinated annual fresh-cut products workshops for industry professionals in Davis, CA. http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/Workshops/Fresh-cut_Products_Workshop__Maintaining_Quality_-_Safety/
September 14, 2018
Project team members from the USDA-ARS and the University of Florida teamed up with Florida tomato growers and packers to address critical food safety data gaps identified by the industry. These findings were used by the industry to develop a revised “Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for...
August 07, 2018
PD Dr. Yaguang (Sunny) Luo was named 2018 IFT Fellow for her exemplary contribution in the field of food science, especially on produce food safety. https://twitter.com/search?q=yaguang%20luo&src=typd&lang=en
July 30, 2018
PD Luo and Co-PI Brecht coordinated a session at the American Society for Horticultural Science, 2018 Annual Conference entitled “Minimizing Food Safety Risks While Maintaining Quality of Fresh and Fresh-Cut Produce,” which included expert speakers from industry, government, and academia. https...
July 03, 2018
Co-PI Dr. Lydia Bourouiba was a 2018 recipient of the Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award for creative and innovative junior investigators working on high impact ideas to generate breakthroughs and drive new directions in biomedical research.
May 27, 2018
PD Luo partnered with scientists from Israel and Harvard University in developing cutting edge technologies for food safety. The team was recently awarded a $310,000 grant from BARD (US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund) to develop “Green nature inspired nano-sanitizers...
May 16, 2018
Co-PI Bourouiba’s work was featured in an MIT News article highlighting a new theory that describes the intricacies of a splashing droplet. These findings may help track the movement of biological contaminants. http://news.mit.edu/2018/new-theory-describes-intricacies-splashing-droplet-0516
April 17, 2018
Project team members from the USDA-ARS gave tours to visitors during the 2nd 1890 ARD and USDA-ARS Food Safety Symposium, and the Food Safety and Technology Council Meeting, United Fresh Produce Association https://www.producefoodsafety.org/outreach-0
April 17, 2018
Co-PIs Millner and Hashem organized the 2nd 1890 ARD and USDA-ARS Food Safety Symposium in Belstville, MD. The purpose of the symposium was to highlight current 1890 research, education, and extension efforts and impacts related to food safety and agricultural water quality, and to provide...
February 15, 2017
Project team members from the USDA-ARS identified key factors, including sanitizer concentrations and operational conditions, that affect bacteria survival and transference during produce washing. Their findings were used by an industry and multi-agency taskforce to develop “Guidelines to Validate...
Co-PI Schneider organized four visits to Florida tomato packinghouses to analyze wash water and tomatoes (pre- and post-wash). Chemical (pH, free Cl, ORP, turbidity, temperature, TDS, COD) and microbiological analysis were performed to evaluate the efficacy of chlorine sanitizer in preventing cross...
The FDA announced the availability of a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG) to help small businesses understand the requirements of the Final Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (Sanitary Transportation Rule). Small businesses have until April 6, 2018, to comply with...
A new web page on fda.gov lists compliance dates for rules that form the foundation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. There is also a graphic timeline on the page that lists key compliance dates by year. Additionally, the web pages for the two preventive controls rules – which had the first...
The USDA NIFA Division of Food Safety has added a new food safety education and extension webpage to its program website. You can view information at the link https://nifa.usda.gov/food-safety-education-and-extension-materials. In an effort to highlight the work, the...
The FDA FSMA PCHF fact sheet was recently updated and is now available on the FDA FSMA website.
Co-PI Millner, co-organized the First Annual Association of 1890 Research Directors Food Safety and Water Consortium Workshop. The team members presented our research advances and provided guided tours of our research facilities for 65 attendees. April, 2015.
Project team worked with collaborators at Cleveland State University and National Institute of Mathematics for Biological Science (NIMBioS) to organize the 1st International ‘Modeling Contamination of Fresh Produce Investigative Workshop’, April 24-25, 2014. For the first time, this workshop...
Student interns, including students from Hispanic-Serving Institutions and 1890 Land Grant Institutions, worked with project team members, summer 2015. Project provided unique research experience and exposure for students to learn about produce safety hands-on. We also mentored high school students...
Participants from the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) visited project team, and learned about fresh-cut produce wash technology, February 2016 (Photo credit: Stephen Ausmus, USDA-ARS).