Center for Produce Safety Previews 15th Annual Research Symposium; Joe Pezzini Details



Center for Produce Safety Previews 15th Annual Research Symposium; Joe Pezzini Details


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WOODLAND, CA - “Big anniversary, big plans.” That’s what the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) announced is in store for attendees of the nonprofit organization’s 15th Annual Research Symposium. The symposium, which takes place in Denver, Colorado, on June 18–19, will explore the top research questions and science-based approaches to fresh produce food safety.

Joe Pezzini, Chair, Center for Produce Safety and Senior Director of Agricultural Operations, Taylor Farms

“If you haven’t attended one of our Research Symposia, this is the year you want to start. If you’ve attended before, you are in for something special,” said CPS Board Chair Joe Pezzini, Senior Director of Agricultural Operations for Taylor Farms. “This year’s Research Symposium will cover the science essentials of fresh produce food safety. We have pulled out all the stops for our 15th-anniversary event.”

The two-day agenda is jam-packed with resourceful events, with a focus on presenting the “State of the Science” on produce safety’s most important topics. This includes four 30-minute produce safety “master classes.” As a press release detailed, each of the topical sessions will begin with a summary of key learnings to date on the subject; then, CPS-funded researchers will present final reports of any projects related to the topic, and address how those new findings add on to or change key learnings to date.

CPS' 15th Annual Research Symposium will explore the top research questions and science-based approaches to fresh produce food safety

“We asked industry members from across the supply chain to identify topics they would most like to learn about. Chances are high that at least a few of these topics are on your mind, too,” added Pezzini. “When we’ve held sessions like this in the past, we could hear a pin drop the audience was so tuned in. You’ll take away essential knowledge and advice you can put to work immediately in your operation.”

“State of the Science” topics will include:

  • Agricultural water management
  • Animal intrusion and related pathogen transfer
  • Produce safety process control as it relates to wash systems, compost, and soil amendments
  • Environmental pathogens and their control
  • Controlled environment agriculture
  • Pathogen detection, persistence, growth, and movement
  • Emerging use of genomics

"While we will publish key learnings after the event, being there in person—with the chance for peer networking and direct conversations with researchers—is simply invaluable,” said Pezzini.

The two-day event will focus on presenting the “State of the Science” on produce safety’s most important topics, supported by four produce safety “master classes”

Early-bird registration discounts will be available until May 31, when industry members can register for $725. From June 1-19, including on-site registration, the industry rate will be $825.

Read more about what to expect from this upcoming symposium here.

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