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Advanced Produce Safety

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An interactive two-day workshop with a focus on microbial produce safety systems from preharvest to postharvest. November 8-9, 2017 on the UC Davis Campus.


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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 and preventive controls. The content is designed to provide participants with a framework for decision-making on key topics common to industry guidance and standards as well as the multiple layers of evolving federal regulatory compliance rule-making requirements. 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 and finalized food safety rule-making. The course delivery is an interactive-based delivery 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

Modules are the FDA recognized trainings for grower certification

  • Introduction of Course Objectives
  • Conceptual and Operational Challenges: Hazards, Risks, & Prioritization 
  • Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Participatory analysis of real-world case example
  • Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Viruses and parasites – a science-based framework for interventions
  • Module 3: Soil Amendments 
  • Module 5: Agricultural Water – Part 1
  • Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Developing a Root-Cause Analysis and Implementation Plan 
  • Interactive Challenge Scenarios\
  • Module 5: Agricultural Water – Part 2
  • Postharvest Internalization 
  • Module 6: Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • Cleaning and Sanitation 
  • Field–pack and Packing house sanitary design 
  • Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan 
  • Customizing Training in Preventive Controls for Secondary Activities Farms
  • Preparing for When Things Go Wrong 
  • Systems Approach to Qualitative and Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessments 
  • Pathogen testing basics 
  • Best Practices for EMP design and Implementation


  • 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

November 8-9, 2017. Specific times TBD.


The course will be held on the UC Davis campus. Specific location TBD.

Enrollment Fee

$950.00 this fee includes all instruction, course materials, networking reception, coffee breaks, and lunches.

If your plans change

Refunds, less a $95.00 processing fee, will be granted if requested no later than October 25, 2016. 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.


Campus daily parking permits are $9 and may be purchased at kiosks near the entrance of campus parking lots.



Dr. Trevor V Suslow 

Suslow, Trevor

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:

Penny Ann Stockdale
Title: Program Representative
Department of Plant Sciences
One Shields Avenue
Mail Stop 2 Wickson 2023
Davis, CA 95616-8780
Phone: 530-752-7672

College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Postharvest Technology Center
Department of Plant Sciences

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