Center for Produce Safety Announces its 2019 Request for Research

The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) today announced its 2019 request for proposals on food safety research. CPS and its public and industry research partners will fund general and commodity-specific research aimed at addressing the fresh produce industry's food safety research needs. Up to $3M will be made available to fund research projects.

This year, in an effort to address current produce safety challenges, CPS will take a 2-step approach to the annual call for research. Today we are announcing our step 1 research needs in the following areas: Short-Term Projects with Direct Application to Industry Practices (Listeria monocytogenes in the Supply Chain, Animal Intrusion, and Postharvest Preventive Controls) and Fundamental Research and Limited Objective Proof-of-Concept Projects (Postharvest Interventions and Core Produce Safety Research Objectives).

Simultaneous to the current call for step 1 research, we will institute a separate or step 2 effort to bring together subject matter experts to identify research needs in the following areas: concentrated animal feeding operations, improved field and product sampling, and water quality controls. Subject matter experts from the produce industry and produce and animal research communities will be identified and brought together to discuss what is known in these areas today, identify knowledge gaps, and prioritize critical research needs. From this activity a second call for research will be generated and shared with the research community.

"We encourage scientists that have an interest in partnering with CPS to contact us, ask questions about the proposal process, research priorities and CPS expectations of funded scientists," said Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, CPS Executive Director. "We also encourage members of the fresh produce industry to contact us about how they can offer expertise and resources to the research community."

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