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The Center for Produce Safety has chosen 11 new research projects to fund, granting $2.7 million to research including listeria’s tolerance to sanitizers and disinfecting packinghouse washwater.

Dave Corsi, vice president of produce and floral at Wegman’s Food Markets and chairman of the Center for Produce Safety board of directors, said grant recipients are tackling the most pressing produce food safety issues.

“Right now you hear a lot about Cyclospora causing issues with fresh produce, or about how transference of pathogens in water is initiating problems in general in our industry," Corsi said in a news release.

The lead researchers, and the projects they are working on, are:

The funds came from a variety of sources, according to the release, including:

  • The Center for Produce Safety campaign contributors;
  • Specialty Crop Block Grants from the California Department of Food and Agriculture;
  • The Washington State Department of Agriculture;
  • The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; and
  • The Texas Department of Agriculture.