Helpful information for produce processers including material on general food safety, fighting foodborne pathogens, cleaning and sanitation, and more.
Principles of Cleaning and Sanitation
Birko’s Dr. Elis Owens was an instructor for “Produce Safety: A Science-based Framework Workshop,” in November 2014, sponsored by the Center for Produce Safety at the University of California, Davis. This interactive two-and-a-half day workshop focused on microbial produce safety systems from preharvest to postharvest.
Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry
The United Fresh Produce Association’s Food Safety & Technology Council has produced this document to help the fresh produce industry develop practical and scientifically sound “search and destroy” programs for Listeria. Dr. Elis Owens, Birko’s senior microbiologist and chemist, is an acknowledged contributor to the guide.
Cascade Analytical Workshop April 2014
Presented by Birko’s Dr. Elis Owens and Kellie Bauman at the Cascade Analytical Lean Workshop, this is an overview of sanitation basics.
Center for Produce Safety Key Learnings
Since 2008, the Center for Produce Safety has funded 85 research programs with some of the world’s leading produce food safety scientists. From that body of work, a number of key learnings have emerged. This document lists some of these key findings and suggests how the data might be used by those in the produce supply chain to improve their food safety programs.
Center for Produce Safety Symposium: 10 Lessons Learned
CPS held its fifth annual research symposium June 24-25, 2014, with 22 CPS-funded research programs and discussions on what the research means to the produce industry. This document summarizes 10 key lessons learned from the 2014 CPS Symposium.
CPS Agricultural Water Research Report
This five-year research review summarizes scientific and technical information related to factors that affect the microbial safety of agricultural water. It is derived from CPS-funded research reports and other public research sources.