Western Center for Food Safety

We research the interface between production agriculture and food protection, identify real-world solutions to food safety challenges in these systems, and communicate new knowledge through outreach and education.

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We’ve been hard at work in the field and the lab researching food safety problems. Check out what we’ve been up to.

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Have a look at our newsletter, where you can see where we’ve been and our upcoming events in food safety and security.

Helpful Resources

Check out these resources we’ve created, including an easy tool to help determine if your water meets the criteria in the Produce Safety Rule.


June 5 – 6, 2019: Breeding Crops for Enhanced Food Safety (Davis)

Join us for the first workshop of its kind! Attendees will collaborate to identify knowledge gaps and research priorities in this emerging field of breeding for food safety. Sessions will cover themes such as regulatory, industry, and extension perspectives on crop safety; genetic diversity in human pathogen-plant interactions; programs currently breeding for crop safety; and opportunities for breeding strategies for food safety. Breakout sessions will culminate in a whitepaper to guide future research and funding. To register or submit an abstract, click here: https://ces.ucdavis.edu/NIFA

June 11 & June 13: California Good Ag Neighbors: The Produce-Livestock Interface Workshop (June 11, Holtville, CA and June 13, Stockton, CA)

Perhaps no issue in agriculture is as complex as that of the safety of fresh produce grown in the vicinity of livestock and wildlife. Animal operations and fresh produce growers in California are among the most highly regulated in the country but confusion often exists about what each community does to help keep our food safe. Join us for one of two workshops where food safety scientists, regulators, produce growers and livestock farmers can share what we already know about the produce safety-livestock interface and how we can leverage existing efforts to make food even safer.  Registration and information page:  https://www.wifss.ucdavis.edu/good-ag-neighbors/

June 11, 18, 25, & July 2: Upcoming Webinar Series

Registration will also open soon for a webinar series in “Overlaps in Food Quality Assurance and Food Safety Programs”.  The free webinars will be hosted live each Tuesday on these dates:  June 11, 18, 25, and July 2nd, 2019, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. They will be given by Drs. Erin DiCaprio, Linda Harris, and Luxin Wang. The four webinars include (1) Overview of food quality assurance and food safety programs (June 11), (2) Tools for quality control and control charts (June 18), (3) Microbiological testing and standards (June 25), and (4) Environmental monitoring programs (July 2).  Webinar registration page:  http://ucfoodsafety.ucdavis.edu/Overlaps_in_Food_Quality_Assurance_and_Food_Safety_Programs__Webinar_Series_/