CPS Announces 2012 Food Safety RFPs
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Posted on: 02/17/2012


DAVIS, California—The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) at the University of California, Davis announced its 2012 request for food-safety research proposals to fund $3 million in commodity-specific food safety research pertaining to cantaloupe, tree fruit, pistachios and walnuts.

CPS and its partners sponsor research projects designed to fill basic knowledge gaps in specific areas of food-safety practices for fruit, vegetable and tree nut production, harvest and post-harvest handling. The objective is to provide the produce industry with practical, translatable information that can be used at all levels of the supply chain. To date, CPS has compiled a 4-year body of work, awarding nearly $9 million and funding 58 1- and 2-year research projects at 19 universities.

"With this request for proposals, CPS is expanding upon some basic core research areas from the farm through processing and up the supply chain through distribution," said Bob Whitaker, chief science officer, Produce Marketing Association, and chair of the CPS Technical Committee. "We have worked with stakeholders to identify key knowledge gaps in food safety and look forward to the research community's response."

The 2012 RFP seeks to fund produce-general food-safety questions and commodity-specific questions. Core (produce-general) research priorities endeavor to better understand risk potential and to develop more effective food-safety management tools in Compost, Soil Amendment Fertilizer Use and Cultivation Practices; Buffer Zones from Domestic Animals to Fruit and Vegetable Production; Co-management of Food Safety and the Environment; Agricultural Water; Climate, Environment, Production Practices; Harvest and Cooling Practices; Pathogen Transfer from Water during Postharvest Handling and Processing; and Pathogen Survival in the Postharvest Distribution Chain.

All qualified research professionals are eligible to apply for CPS funding; proposals are due March 30 and should be submitted through the CPS Grant System website.