To help answer the fresh produce industry’s most urgent food safety questions, the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has distributed $3.9 million to fund 14 new research projects.

Among other topics, the 14 projects being funded by CPS aim to explore the food safety implications of leafy greens production in controlled (indoor) environments, to evaluate and mitigate risks posed by Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, and to advance Cyclospora detection. Researchers’ proposals were vetted by industry experts on the CPS Technical Committee and other expert volunteers to ensure that the resulting science will best meet industry needs.

One of the 14 projects has already commenced, and the remaining 13 projects will begin in November 2022 and January 2023. All of the research projects will be completed within two years. Findings will be reported to industry by researchers at CPS' annual Research Symposium, as well as through summaries posted to CPS's website and monthly CPS emails.

A complete list of the projects and links to their abstracts is as follows:

Funds for the research projects were contributed by industry stakeholders to CPS’ 2020 Campaign for Research. Funding was also provided by state specialty crop block grant programs in California, Florida, Texas, and Washington.