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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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September 10, 2108: Postdoctoral Research Scholar Opportunity

WCFS is seeking two postdoctoral scholars to conduct research on high priority public health issues addressing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated fresh fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts. For more information and to apply: [insert graduate studies link]

 

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  • September 12, 2107: FDA Commissioner Addresses State Agriculture Commissioners; Announces New Steps to Enhance Collaboration with States and Ensure Farmers Are Prepared for FSMA

    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., today outlined a number of immediate next steps in a comprehensive approach to ensuring successful implementation of the Produce Safety Rule established by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
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Resources

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Resources

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Tools

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Calculate Geometric Mean and Statistical Threshold Value

Several tools were developed to make it easy to calculate the GM and STV and to determine if your water meets the criteria for appropriate application to produce before harvest. The tools were also designed to assist you with making water management decisions if your water does not meet the criteria in the Produce Safety Rule.

Untreated Surface Water:
Download the Excel Tool (Western Center for Food Safety, Version 4.0, June 10, 2016)

Get the Ag Water App (University of Arizona Coop. Ext.)

Access the Online Calculator (University of Arizona Coop. Ext.)

Untreated Ground Water:
Download the Excel Tool (Western Center for Food Safety, Version 3.0, June 10, 2016)

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Framework Documents

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Agricultural Water and Soil Amendment Framework Documents

The Western Center for Food Safety was asked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to facilitate the development of research protocols for scientific studies that evaluate the persistence of foodborne pathogens in the environment and on the edible portions of fresh produce following:

    • application of potentially contaminated untreated soil amendments of animal origin to land used to grow fresh produce or,
    • application of potentially contaminated agricultural water applied to the edible portion of the crop.

The Agricultural Water and Soil Amendment framework documents were developed by two committees through a series of webinars, e-mail communication, and a workshop that was held in Davis, CA in October 2011. Additional academic, government and industry food safety experts reviewed the draft documents prior to submission to the Journal of Food Protection.

Water Framework Documents
Manure Framework Documents
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Links

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Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Control and Produce Safety Rule Resources

Read the Final Rule

Alliances 
Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance

Produce Safety Alliance

Sprout Safety Alliance

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Online Media

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Brochures

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Videos

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About Us

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About Us

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established a cooperative agreement in 2008 that established the Western Center for Food Safety (WCFS) in partnership with the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS), University of California, Davis. WCFS research, outreach, and education programs enhance FDA’s implementation of the prevention oriented activities outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

  1. Conduct multidisciplinary applied research on pre-and post harvest food safety issues that will generate real-world solutions and enhance food protection for FDA-regulated products.
  2. Provide technical assistance to the farming community in adopting and complying with components of FSMA through outreach materials, food safety workshops, and educational programs for food producers, harvesters, processors and key stakeholders across the continuum of FDA-regulated foods.
  3. Build relationships with domestic and international partners to successfully leverage resources and maximize the ability to achieve research, education and outreach objectives.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Western Center for Food Safety is to 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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Other FDA Centers for Excellence

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Joint Institute for Food Safety and Nutrition (JIFSAN) at the University of Maryland

Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) at the Illinois Institute of Technology

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University of California, Davis
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Directions

From Sacramento
Take Interstate 80 West. Take Exit 72A for Richards Blvd South. Merge onto Richards Blvd. After crossing the freeway, overpass Richards Blvd becomes Cowell Blvd. Continue on Cowell Blvd and turn left onto Drew Ave. Continue on Drew Ave. WCFS is located on your left, at 1477 Drew Ave, Suite 101.

From San Francisco
Take Interstate 80 East to Davis. Take Richards Blvd – Exit 72. Turn left onto Richards Blvd (which becomes Cowell Blvd). Continue on Cowell Blvd and turn left onto Drew Ave. Continue on Drew Ave. WCFS is located on your left, at 1477 Drew Ave, Suite 101.

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