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The Center for Produce Safety is accepting requests for proposals on food safety research for 2019.

“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,” Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, CPS executive director, said in a news release.

“We also encourage members of the fresh produce industry to contact us about how they can offer expertise and resources to the research community.”

Questions may be emailed to [email protected] or called in to the CPS office at (530) 554-9706.

The release said up to $3 million will be made available to fund research projects.

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, according to the release.

The group announced research needs in the following areas:

  • Short-Term Projects with Direct Application to Industry Practices (Listeria monocytogenes in the supply chain, animal intrusion, and post-harvest preventive controls); and
  • Fundamental Research and Limited Objective Proof-of-Concept Projects (post-harvest interventions and core produce safety research objectives).

The group is also looking at research needs relating to 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 work to prioritize critical research needs. A second call for research will be created after that group meets, according to the release.

A link to the complete list of research priorities is posted on the home page of the CPS website at