University of California

Advanced Produce Safety



November 6–7, 2018
UC Davis Conference Center



This workshop is an integrated approach to building a foundation of awareness and improved understanding of the current scientific basis for produce microbial safety systems. Content is designed to provide participants with a framework for decision-making on key topics common to industry guidance and standards. The curriculum is a blend of fundamental, applied, and practical information that will challenge existing knowledge and assumptions regarding the How, Why, Where and When facts of systems-oriented tactics in developing, implementing, managing, and complying with evolving produce food safety programs. Course delivery is an interactive combination of formal lectures, group assessment of case examples, and break-out group problem-solving challenges.

Participants are assumed to be familiar with the basic elements of prerequisite GAPs and GHPs programs and harmonized produce safety audit criteria. The emphasis of the curriculum is the science-basis for audit standards and preparing for using audits and targeted microbiological testing to improve performance. Key resources and tools for hazard awareness, risk identification, risk-based preventive controls, and verification of corrective actions will be provided. Instructors will provide a strong emphasis in practical applications and "boots-on-the-ground" experience in dealing with programmatic and day to day produce safety challenges.

Who Should Attend

The course content is primarily designed for entry and junior level produce safety professionals across the supply-chain and affiliated industries. Educators, managers, policy developers, or others with an interest in produce safety will find the course content informative and unique.

Topics included

Expanded topics and current research in

  • Production Water
  • Postharvest Water
  • Manure, Compost and Soil Persistence 
  • Pathogen Testing and Detection Programs

Each topic will consume a half-day with lectures and short breakout challenges.


  • Dr. Trevor Suslow, Coordinator and Lead Instructor Extension Research Specialist University of California Davis Department of Plant Sciences
  • Dr. Linda Harris, UC Davis Food Science and Technology Specialist in Cooperative Extension Food Science and Technology Co-Principal Investigator Western Center for Food Safety
  • Dr. Erin DiCaprio, Assistant Specialist - Cooperative Extension in Community Food Safety UC Davis Food Science and Technology
  • Dr. Michelle Danyluk, Associate Professor Univ. of FLA. Food Science
    Citrus Research and Education Center
  • Jim Gorny, Ph.D., VP Food Safety & Technology, Produce Marketing Association


Enrollment Information

Date and Time

This workshop will be held November 6–7, 2018. The registration desk will open at 7:15am on Tuesday, November 6.


The workshop will be held at the UC Davis Conference Center.

Enrollment Fee

This fee includes all instruction, course materials, networking reception, coffee breaks, and lunches.

If your plans change

Refunds, less a processing fee, will be granted if requested no later than October 25, 2018. At that time, you can also discuss sending a substitute. We reserve the right to discontinue, postpone, or combine classes, and to change instructors. Every effort will be made to notify enrollees of any changes or cancellations.

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Suslow, Trevor

Dr. Trevor V Suslow 

Trevor Suslow is an extension research specialist at the University of California, Davis, Department of Plant Sciences with statewide responsibilities in quality and safety of perishable horticultural commodities. Dr. Suslow’s program involves preharvest and postharvest research and outreach education on diverse fresh and fresh-cut horticultural foods. His emphasis is microbial safety and disinfection within the preharvest and postharvest environment and postharvest pathology. Other interests include biological control and other biologically mediated controls of postharvest diseases and pathogens of human food safety concern. Dr. Suslow received his BSc. in Agricultural Sciences with honors and his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information on technical content, please contact:

Dr Trevor V Suslow
Title: Extension Research Specialist
Department of Plant Sciences
Mann Laboratory Mail Stop 3
Davis, CA 95616-8780
Phone: (530) 754-8313
Fax: 530-752-4554

For more registration information, please contact:

Heidi Meier
Title: Program Representative
Department of Plant Sciences
Mann Laboratory, Room 101
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 530-752-1410



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