Center for Produce Safety Calls Request for Proposals
AUSTIN, TX - The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has disclosed a request for proposals (RFP). A separate RFP was approved by the CPS Board of Directors, from 2017 to 2018, following the pattern of multiple outbreak events and the strong association with continuing agricultural water risk concerns.
According to a press release, “Priority needs in agricultural water research, leading to immediate and near-term solutions and pathways for dynamic change in risk reduction, were solicited. Input was received from all sectors of the produce supply chain, public health agencies, and academia. An in-depth review of the scope of science and the portfolio of past and current CPS funding commitments, on this priority issue, led to a consensus priority focus for this ag-water RFP on antimicrobial treatment as a preventive control and corrective measures.”
CPS and other agencies have funded much research on the topics of indicators, index organisms, and sampling regimes. At this time the focus will be on solutions: where and when are agricultural water treatments appropriate, and what options are available to growers.
Up to $1 million is available to fund five regional awards.
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