Accessing Markets by Improving Virginia’s Fresh Produce Food Safety Culture

PI: Vallotton, Co-PIs: Archibald, Boyer, DuBois, & Vargo Goal: In this project, the Fresh Produce Food Safety Team, in partnership with Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and Local Food Hub (LFH), conducted a market assessment for food procurement requirements and expectations related to food safety assurances [...]

By |2024-05-14T02:02:33-05:00May 14th, 2018|Marketplace Projects|

Enhancing the Safety and Quality of Cucumbers

PI: Strawn, Co-PI: Rideout Goal: The goal of the project is to determine the growth and survival of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes on Whole and Sliced Cucumbers held at ambient and refrigeration temperatures. Benefits: To provide science-based recommendations for reducing foodborne pathogen contamination of cucumbers during postharvest handling, transportation, [...]

By |2024-05-14T02:03:28-05:00May 14th, 2018|Marketplace Projects|

A multistate effort to integrate and expand farmers’ market food safety materials across the southern region to increase food safety culture

PI: Boyer, Co-PI: Chase, Eifert, Chapman – NCSU, Harrison – UGA, Gibson, Shoulders – U of Ark., Sirsat – U of Houston Goal: The goal of the project is to equip farmers’ market vendors, managers, and consumers with both scientifically-based and practical behaviors.  A Farmers’ Market Tool-kit will be [...]

By |2024-05-14T02:04:32-05:00May 14th, 2018|Marketplace Projects|

Development of Listeria control strategies for specialty crop processing facilities

PI: Wiedmann/Cornell; Co-PI: Strawn Goal: The goal of this project is to (i) gain a better understanding of L. monocytogenes and Listeria spp. prevalence, persistence, and contamination patterns in packing houses and processing facilities and (ii) use this information to implement improved control strategies. Benefits: Data from this project [...]

By |2024-05-14T01:43:37-05:00May 14th, 2018|Post-Harvest Handling Projects|

Balancing Microbial Safety and Disease Management of Virginia Fresh Herbs

PI: Strawn, Co-PI: Rideout Goal: The goal of this project was to determine the growth and survival of Listeria monocytogenes on fresh market herbs (including basil, cilantro, parsley, and dill) grown under commercial greenhouse practices. Benefits: Develop and disseminate best management practices for reducing the likelihood of Listeria monocytogenes [...]

By |2024-05-14T02:13:46-05:00May 14th, 2018|Controlled Environment Agriculture Projects|

Identification and Management of Critical Control Points in the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance from Animal Manure to Raw Produce

PI: Pruden, Co-PIs: Archibald, Drape, Hession, Knowlton, Krometis, Ponder, Vallotton, Xia Goal: The overall goals of this project was to identify critical control points for the spread of Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARGs) from farm to fork and corresponding mitigation strategies. Benefits: Develop and disseminate new knowledge to livestock producers, [...]

By |2024-05-14T02:08:10-05:00May 14th, 2018|On Farm Projects|

Investigating the Microbial Die-off of Generic E. coli On-farm

PI: Strawn Goal: The goal of this project is to examine the microbial die-off of generic E. coli when sprayed on the harvestable portion of tomato, cucumber, and cantaloupe in the field. Benefits: The FSMA Produce Safety Rule will allow growers to apply a 0.5 log reduction of generic [...]

By |2024-05-14T01:21:03-05:00May 14th, 2018|On Farm Projects|

Control of Cross-Contamination during Field-pack Handling of Melons

PI: Strawn, Co-PI: Danyluk/Florida and Chapman/NCSU Goal: The project aimed to provide scientific data on which to update/refine melon specific best practice guidance to reduce to likelihood of cross-contamination events in field-packing operations by quantifying the transfer of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes onto melons from each potential cross-contamination surface [...]

By |2024-05-14T01:24:43-05:00May 14th, 2018|On Farm Projects|

Development of Microbial Water Quality Profiles for the Eastern Shore of Virginia using the FSMA Produce Safety Rule

PI: Strawn Goal: The goal of this project was to develop microbial water quality profiles (geometric mean and statistical threshold value) for twenty different ponds on the ESV and educate growers about new FSMA agricultural water standards. Benefits: Baseline data for growers in the region and educational resources were [...]

By |2024-05-14T02:09:04-05:00May 14th, 2018|On Farm Projects|
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