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Evaluation of the Baseline Levels of Microbial Pathogens on Washington State Fresh Market Apples and Mitigation Measures Used to Eliminate Contamination

Investigators
Wetherington, Diane
Institutions
Intertox, Inc
Start date
2011
End date
2011
Objective
The purpose of this proposed research project is to determine the occurrence of microbial contaminants on fresh market apples and identify practices industry participants are using to mitigate these contaminants. Intertox will work closely with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and its partners to identify available datasets of microbial contaminant levels, ensuring the confidentiality of any private data, and to develop datasets if needed.

Data will be evaluated for their quality and relevance, and compiled into a database. Once complete, this dataset will be used to derive statistics on baseline microbial populations. Finally, the effectiveness of mitigation practices on reducing microbial levels will be examined.

Funding Source
Center for Produce Safety
Project number
2011-140
Categories
Bacterial Pathogens
Commodities
Produce