April 16, 2007
CENTER FOR PRODUCE SAFETY TO BE CREATED AT UC DAVIS
Representatives from the country's leading produce trade associations and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura announced plans April 11 to create the Center for Produce Safety at the University of California, Davis. The Center will be housed at UC Davis' Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS), whose mission is to conduct research that enhances the safety and security of the nation's food supply.
Contributors who helped make the facility possible include the Produce Marketing Association, the State of California, Taylor Farms of Salinas, Calif. and other associations and industry members.
The Center will act as a clearinghouse for all available research related to produce safety. It will also fund new scientific studies focused on developing solutions that mitigate risks associated with the nation's produce supply.