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Registration is open for the Center for Produce Safety’s 2019 Research Symposium.

The event is June 18-19 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, in Austin, Texas. Registration is available online.

The annual symposium updates the industry on produce-centric research funded by the industry through the CPS, and features opportunities for interaction with representatives from academic, health and government institutions working on food safety issues.

A new feature at the 2019 is the GRABIT (Grower’s Risk Assessment Biomarkers Investigative Tool) Award and Innovation Challenge, which seeks ways to identify "evidence of chronic or acute transfer factors from a domesticated animal point source," according to a news release.

A total of $500,000 is available to researchers working on the solution. The focus is not limited to large-scale operations or any one type of animal, according to the CPS. All domesticated animal operations and geographic regions would be considered, making the tool of use to growers throughout the country.

Sponsorships are still available for the symposium, according to a news release.