Dave Corsi Discusses CPS Research Symposium
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
AUSTIN, TX - Food safety might always be among our industry’s top priorities, but we are coming out of a year where its magnitude was felt more sharply than most. This year marks the 10th Annual CPS Research Symposium, a collection of panel discussions and opportunities to learn directly from CPS-funded scientists about the latest in produce food safety research.
“It’s at the CPS Symposium that you just might learn the next best practice in your food safety plans! We have brought together industry experts and practitioners that will lead the discussion throughout the symposium on how the new science findings can be used in all our businesses in the supply chain. CPS has worked hard to fill knowledge gaps with credible science,” Dave Corsi, Chair of the CPS Board of Directors and VP of Produce and Floral at Wegmans Food Markets tells me.
According to a letter he sent out to the industry, this year’s program will begin with a review of the recent romaine outbreak and perspectives from industry leaders on where the science is leading the produce industry.
Panel discussions with industry professionals from the entire produce supply chain, including PMA CEO Cathy Burns; Donna Lynn Browne of Naturipe Farms; Suresh DeCosta of Lipman Family Farms; De Ann Davis of Church Brothers Farms; and Walter Ram of Giumarra Companies; along with a number of experts from univerities all over the country, will present new information and discuss science-based solutions to advance food safety plans.
“This year, 34 research projects will be shared with the audience. In addition, we are taking the time to learn from the most recent outbreaks and hear from food safety executives how they adapt new science into their programs,” Dave explains.
The symposium’s Lightning Rounds are returning with a new even quicker format as well, along with the Poster Session and the popular Meet the Scientist program introduced last year.
It all takes place in one of the industry’s favorite cities, Austin, Texas, from June 18-19, 2019.
“I will be there, our food safety team will be there, and we hope to see you there!” Dave concludes.
Register here before it’s too late. For those interested in sponsoring, Symposium sponsors receive recognition among an influential audience of buyers and suppliers committed to ensuring a safe and secure food supply. Contact Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli for the various levels available.