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Food Safety, Quality, Marketing Research on Display at United Fresh 2011

Top academic, government researchers featured in S-294 Poster Sessions

Published: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 14:07

(United Fresh Produce Association: Washington) -- The top minds in specialty crop research will be on hand this spring at United Fresh 2011, May 2–5, in New Orleans. The annual convention and exposition of the United Fresh Produce Association will again feature posters on food safety, quality assurance, and fresh fruit and vegetable marketing as part of its S-294 Poster Sessions.

“Innovation is the lifeblood of the fresh produce industry, and innovation starts with cutting-edge research,” says United Fresh senior vice president of food safety and technology David Gombas, Ph.D. “The research on display at United Fresh 2011 holds the key to developing everything from new products to safer approaches to processing to unique ways producers can reach their customers.”

The poster session is sponsored by the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA) and presented through the S-294 project, “Postharvest Quality and Safety in Fresh-Cut Vegetables and Fruits.” The project is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-authorized Multistate Research Project and includes U.S. scientists from 16 State Agricultural Experiment Stations and five USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) laboratories, along with international participants from several laboratories in Canada, Italy, and Spain.

The purpose of the project is to address technological opportunities and complex problem-solving activities related to fresh-cut products that are beyond the scope of a single research institution, so that the research can be conducted in a more efficient and comprehensive way. The scientists involved in the S-294 project are an interdisciplinary group with expertise in the physiology and quality of fresh-cut products and their microbiological safety. The research being conducted involves integration of physiological, pathological, food safety, and instrumental and sensory quality measurement concepts that are essential for developing the most effective handling procedures and innovative technologies for maintaining the quality, safety, and shelf stability of fresh-cut products.

Research poster topics on display at United Fresh 2011 as of March 30 include:

• Sanitation procedure for juicers producing fresh-squeezed, nonpasteurized citrus juice—Jan Narciso, Chris Ference, Sarah Stone, Jinhe Bai, and Liz Baldwin, USDA Citrus & Subtropical Products Lab, Winter Haven, Florida

• A method for training sensory panelists for quality evaluation of fresh fruit—Anne Plotto, Keith Williamson, Sharon Dea, Sarah Stone, Jinhe Bai, and Liz Baldwin, USDA Citrus & Subtropical Products Lab, Winter Haven, Florida

• Gamma Irradiation: Dose effects on baby-leaf spinach vitamins—Gene Lester, USDA ARS, Beltsville, Maryland; Guy Hallman, USDA ARS, Weslaco, Texas; and Juliana Perez, NAEC, Argentina

• National Institute of Food and Agriculture: Funding Opportunities in Produce Safety and Quality—Ram Rao and Dan Schmoldt, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Washington

• Quality change in stored, fresh-cut seedless watermelon subjected to firmness-retention dips and shipping plus vibration damage—J. C. Beaulieu, J. M. Lea, B. F. Ingber, and N. Goldberg, USDA ARS, Southern Regional Research Center, New Orleans

• Antimicrobial effect of a commercial fermentation product and NatureSeal on fresh-cut squash—Lihua Fan, En Yang, Craig Doucette, and Sherry Fillmore, AAFC, Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre, Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada

• Effects of atmosphere composition on fresh-cut artichokes—M. la Zazzera, F. Piazzolla, M. L, Amodio, and G. Colelli, Department of the Science of Production and Innovation in the Mediterranean Agricultural and Food Systems, University of Foggia, Italy

• Degradation patterns for external and internal quality attributes of fresh-cut apples—M. L. Amodio, L. Dollo, I. Ricci, and G. Colelli, Dept. of the Science of Production and Innovation in the Mediterranean Agricultural and Food Systems, University of Foggia, Italy

• Use of a novel portable hyperspectral imaging device for post sanitation inspection—Alan M. Lefcourt, Michael Wiederoder, Nancy (Tong) Liu, Moon S. Kim, Y. Martin Lo, and Kevin Chao, Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory, USDA ARS, Beltsville, Maryland; Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

• Impact of modified atmosphere packaging and antimicrobial dips on the market life of diced red onion—Charles F. Forney, Richard Grant, Lihua Fan, Craig Doucette, and Michael A. Jordan, AAFC, Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre, Nova Scotia, Canada; Nova Agri Inc., Centreville, Nova Scotia, Canada

• Cutting romaine lettuce while submerged in sanitizer improves efficacy of sodium hypochlorite—S. J. Bach, Changwen Lu, P. Toivonen, and P. Delaquis, AAFC, Pacific Agricultural Research Centre, Summerland, British Columbia, Canada

• Bounty of the Bite: kinetics of volatile synthesis following cellular disruption associated with masticated and fresh-cut apple fruit—Nihad Alsmairat, Carolina Contreras, and Randolph M. Beaudry, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

• Viability of Salmonella enterica, and selected quality characteristics of romaine lettuce following immersion in PROSAN, a biodegradable food-grade sanitizer—Aubrey F. Mendonca, Dept. of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

• Repeated use of PROSAN as a vegetable wash: changes in lethal effects against pathogenic bacteria and natural microflora on romaine lettuce—Aubrey F. Mendonca, Dept. of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

• A new marketing approach for minimally processed onions—Eva Almenar, Amanda Humes, RenSun Lee, Sara Sobon, Derek Johnson, Rita Morse, Muhammad Siddid, Janice Harte, Elliot Ryser, and Bruce Harte, School of Packaging, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

• Validation of a preharvest approach to predicting quality and postharvest shelf life of spinach with a handheld SPAD meter—Eduardo Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, Amy Gunderson, Trevor Suslow, University of California, Department of Plant Sciences, Davis, California

• Effects of levulinic acid and sodium acid sulfate on quality and E. coli population of fresh-cut iceberg lettuce during storage in modified atmosphere package—Xuetong Fan and Wenqiang Guan, USDA ARS, Eastern Regional Research Center, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania

• Commercial-scale chlorine dioxide gas fumigation of fresh produce—Bassam A. Annous, Angela Burke, Joseph Sites, Joel Tenney, and Thomas Isaac, USDA ARS, Eastern Regional Research Center, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania

 

For more information on S-294, or to present a poster at United Fresh 2011, interested parties may contact David Gombas, Ph.D., at (202) 303-3411 or e-mail to dgombas@unitedfresh.org.

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Founded in 1904, the United Fresh Produce Association is committed to driving the growth and success of produce companies and their partners. United represents the interests of member companies worldwide throughout the fresh produce supply chain, including family-owned, private, and publicly-traded companies in the following areas: leadership in government relations, issues management, and media advocacy; leadership in food safety/quality assurance/nutrition and health; focus on innovation/business growth through increased produce sales and profitability; and local/global services to meet members’ needs.