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The Center for Produce Safety, which recently announced an Innovation Challenge award with a total possible payout of $500,000, is having an informational web seminar about the event.

The GRABIT (Grower’s Risk Assessment Biomarkers Investigative Tool) challenge is designed to bring tools to the supply chain to manage risk and meet CPS’ mission: “Fund the science, find solutions and fuel the change,” according to a news release.

The web seminar is 8:30 a.m. Pacific Feb. 15.

CPS chairman Dave Corsi in the release said the challenge “is an invitation and opportunity for technology innovators to develop, refine and focus their solutions to meet a critical industry need; identifying evidence or conditions where cross contamination can take place in growing environments.”

The web seminar will cover the five “W’s,” according to the release: Who should apply? What is a Grower's Risk Assessment Biomarkers Investigative Tool — GRABIT? Where will this tool be used? When is the award application due? Why is this request important?

The presenters for the web seminar are:

  • Drew McDonald of Taylor Farms, chairman of the CPS Technical Committee;
  • Trevor Suslow of the Produce Marketing Association and the CPS Technical Committee; and
  • Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, CPS executive director.

To RSVP, see the invitation to the web seminar, and questions maybe be directed to [email protected].