Participants from the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) visited project team, and learned about fresh-cut produce wash technology, February 2016 (Photo credit: Stephen Ausmus, USDA-ARS).
Student interns, including students from Hispanic-Serving Institutions and 1890 Land Grant Institutions, worked with project team members, summer 2015. Project provided unique research experience and exposure for students to learn about produce safety hands-on. We also mentored high school students and supported their science fair projects.
Project team worked with collaborators at Cleveland State University and National Institute of Mathematics for Biological Science (NIMBioS) to organize the 1st International ‘Modeling Contamination of Fresh Produce Investigative Workshop’, April 24-25, 2014. For the first time, this workshop brought together biologists and mathematicians to forge new collaborations and work together on produce safety challenges. Three groups were formed to explore the major factors involved in modeling segments of the production chain; pre-harvest, post-harvest processing, and postharvest distribution. The meeting was successful in together people from diverse backgrounds to work on important problems in food safety.
Co-PI Millner, co-organized the First Annual Association of 1890 Research Directors Food Safety and Water Consortium Workshop. The team members presented our research advances and provided guided tours of our research facilities for 65 attendees. April, 2015.
Project team members worked side by side with SmartWash/Taylor Farm pilot plant staff in Salinas, CA. November 2010; April 2011. With this commercial-scale equipment, including its primary wash tank with recirculated water and secondary wash tank with fresh water, we evaluated the antimicrobial efficacy of chlorinated wash water against bacteria survival and cross-contamination between inoculated spinach, shredded iceberg lettuce and water in conditions that match very closely with those in commercial food processing operations