Last month, manufacturers, researchers, and government representatives gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the annual Produce Research Symposium held by UC Davis’s Center for Produce Safety. The symposium was informative and action-packed, addressing a broad variety of topics that are critical to produce safety.
One of the highlights of the symposium was the Lightning Round Poster Briefs, where poster presenters were given five minutes to provide a teaser of their poster during the general session. Three Lightning Rounds were strategically placed throughout the agenda to close out the sessions and transition into the breaks.This allowed attendees to seek out specific posters and engage the presenter with questions and comments. Posters covered a wide variety of topics, from evaluation of irrigation water disinfection methods to efficacy of falconry in deterring nuisance birds from fields.
One of the key takeaways of the symposium was that there is still a need to identify surrogate organisms for pathogens to help ensure that mitigation strategies are effective without introducing pathogens into the manufacturing process and risking produce safety. While quite a bit of research is focused in this area, no broadly applicable surrogates are identified to date.
Overall, the symposium was very informative and provided promise that several new innovations in produce safety are right around the corner. The organizers and moderators did a fantastic job of putting together a dynamic and thought-provoking agenda!
For a more information on produce and pathogen detection, please download our presentation: Innovations in Produce Pathogen Testing.