Registration is now open for the 2022 Center for Produce Safety Research Symposium.

It is scheduled for June 21-22, at the Hyatt Regency at La Jolla, in San Diego, CA. 

A full list of funded research through 2021 can be found here. 2022 research grants will be announced at the symposium. The 2021 grants were:

2021 AFECCT: Assessing filtration efficacy for Cyclospora control $221,468 Benjamin Rosenthal, S.D. USDA – ARS Jitender P. Dubey, M.V.Sc., Ph.D., Mark C. Jenkins, Ph.D., Manan Sharma, Ph.D., Kalmia E. Kniel, Ph.D. 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023
2021 Assessing Romaine lettuce “Forward Processing” for potential impacts on EHEC growth, antimicrobial susceptibility, and infectivity $399,743 Xiangwu Nou, Ph.D USDA – ARS Yaguang Luo, Ph.D., Patricia Millner, Ph. D., Shirley Micallef, Ph.D. 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023
2021 Assessing the potential for production practices to impact dry bulb onion safety $388,095 Joy Waite-Cusic, Ph.D. Oregon State University Stuart Reitz, Ph.D., Faith Critzer, Ph.D., Tim Waters, Ph.D., Linda J. Harris, Ph.D. 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023
2021 Cross-contamination risks in dry environments $208,808 Nitin Nitin, Ph.D. University of California, Davis Linda J. Harris, Ph.D. 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023
2021 Cyclospora cayetanensis monitoring in agricultural water $159,032 Lia Stanciu-Gregory, Ph.D. Purdue University Amanda Deering, Ph.D. 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023
2021 Microbial characterization of irrigation waters using rapid, inexpensive and portable next generation sequencing technologies $322,942 Kerry Cooper, Ph.D. University of Arizona Kelly Bright, Ph.D., Channah Rock, Ph.D., Walter Betancourt, Ph.D. 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023
2021 Practical application of superheated steam to harvesting, processing, and produce packing tools and equipment $396,178 Abby Snyder, Ph.D. Cornell University V.M. Balasubramaniam, Ph.D. 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023
2021 Quantifying risk associated with changes in EHEC physiology during post-harvest pre-processing stages of leafy green production $328,442 Teresa Bergholz, Ph.D. Michigan State University Jade Mitchell, Ph.D. 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023
2021 Strategic approaches to mitigate Salmonella contamination of bulb onions $408,522 Vijay Joshi, Ph.D. Texas A&M AgriLife Research Castillo Alejandro, Ph.D., Daniel Leskovar, Ph.D., Subas Malla, Ph.D. 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023
2021 Survival of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella on surfaces found in the dry packinghouse environment and effectiveness of dry-cleaning processes on pathogen reduction $190,272 Paul L. Dawson, Ph.D. Clemson University Kay Cooksey, Ph.D. 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2022
2021 Towards a holistic assessment of the food-safety risks imposed by wild birds $370,123 Daniel Karp, Ph.D. University of California, Davis Jeffery McGarvey, Ph.D. 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023
2021 Validation study for the tree-fruit industry: effective strategies to sanitize harvest bins and picking bags $262,648 Valentina Trinetta, Ph.D. Kansas State University Faith Critzer, Ph.D., Umut Yucel, Ph.D., Manreet Bhullar, Ph.D., Londa Nwadike, Ph.D. 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023

For more information or to register, visit the CPS Research Symposium event page.

Registration options

  • Grower, Packer/Shipper, Processor, Food Service, Retail, Trade Association or Supplier.
  • Universities and private research institutions.
  • Regulatory and governing entities.

There is a $25 administrative processing fee for any cancellation or refund. Full registration refund is guaranteed up to April 30. A 50 percent refund willbe given from May 1 – June 14. Registrations received after June 14 are non-refundable.

About CPS
The Center for Produce Safety is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. CPS is a collaborative partnership that leverages the combined expertise of industry, government and the scientific and academic communities to focus on providing research needed to continually enhance food safety. This level of collaboration allows CPS to fill the knowledge gaps on produce food safety and address both research priorities and immediate industry needs.

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