WIFSS is assessing the readiness and needs of the California specialty crop food processing industry.
WIFSS is serving the needs of the farming community by helping meet FSMA training requirements and is offering a series of 20 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Courses on behalf of the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA). The training courses run through June 2019 and are offered in English and Spanish.
As wildfire season rages along the west coast, wrecking havoc on rural communities from California to Washington state, there is no better time to learn how to prepare, manage, and plan for disasters. In an ongoing partnership with RDPC and The Department of Homeland Security, WIFSS trained a diverse group of professionals on creating a thorough disaster preparedness and response plan.
Finding real world solutions to issues facing Sweden and the U.S. from threats of agroterrorism is the driving force behind the WIFSS-Sweden partnership. A three-member delegation of Swedish government officials met with WIFSS personnel in April as part of an ongoing collaboration to better understand the dangers and vulnerability of antagonistic threats to food and agriculture.
Rob Atwill and Jennifer Chase of the Atwill Water and Foodborne Zoonotic Disease Laboratory begin a four-year study on dairy worker health with the aim to prevent infections at dairies.
Dr. Rob Atwill will present at the final WCAHS Seminar for 2017-2018 on Monday, June 4 at 4pm. He will present on “Modeling the Expected Benefits of Preventive Interventions to Reduce Dairy Worker Infection from Bovine Cryptosporidium Parvum.”
Universities from around the world came together on April 5 this year in Wageningen, Netherlands to plot a course for food safety at the “2018 Global One Health Research, The Future” international symposium.
Davis Warriors was the name of the team. Seven teammates worked together on a learning activity called, “Good Guys vs. Bad Bugs,” in which they explored the importance of sanitary practices on a dairy farm to protect animals from the disease-causing bacteria E. coli.
An intentional release, or natural occurrence of diseases associated with pathogens, or biological and chemical toxins, can adversely impact the safety and security of plant and animal foods. WIFSS partners with multiple academic institutions and government agencies to address the safety and security of food for people and animals.
Read about how WIFSS is helping deliver educational materials for growers to assist in conducting agricultural water sampling and environmental assessments.