Pace International to Debut New Postharvest Academy Webinar Series; Jorge Gotuzzo and James R. Cranney Comment
WAPATO, WA - Another valuable industry resource has surfaced in fresh produce, as Pace International is launching its Postharvest Academy Webinar Series, which helps Pace International customers learn about the latest research in the postharvest segment at their own pace with access to on-demand content.
"Pace has seen firsthand how customers prefer to consume educational content at their own pace, which this webinar series allows for," said Jorge Gotuzzo, Senior Director of Marketing at Pace International. “Our goal for Pace’s Postharvest Academy webinar series is to be the premier source of innovative postharvest technology education that supports efficient and sustainable operations at our customer sites and is in sync with global market trends. We are honored to host these speakers in support of the great work our customers do.”
The first video of the series features James R. Cranney, President of California Citrus Quality Council, who works with government agencies, international standards-setting organizations, and trading partners to solve problems related to market access, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, food safety, and food additive and pesticide residue regulations that may restrict or eliminate the trade of citrus fruit. Cranney represents 2,000 growers and 85 citrus packers on technical and regulatory issues domestically and overseas, as explained in a press release.
“Current challenges at our West Coast ports have only made decay control programs more critical,” stated Cranney. “Understanding and implementing best practices in carton labeling and fungicide management will help the industry better navigate port and transportation disruption. This is why managing postharvest fungicide activities is one of several topics I’ll cover during this Postharvest Academy webinar.”
In February, the series will include a session hosted by Linda J. Harris, Ph.D., Professor of Cooperative Extension in Microbial Food Safety at the University of California, Davis.
Harris has done extensive work in microbial food safety, with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables. She has developed and validated standard methods for inoculation and recovery of pathogens from a range of produce items and has evaluated various sanitizers for their efficacy in reducing microbial populations on various cut and intact produce surfaces.
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