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C. Ensuring the Postharvest Qualty & Safety of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Narrator: This is Science Today. University of California scientists are working with California growers and livestock producers to ensure postharvest quality and safety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Trevor Suslow is a postharvest specialist at the University of California, Davis.

Suslow: What we try and do is really take a system approach to the kind of risk and also the types of control measures or prevention practices that you would have to have to go as far as you can to assure a safe food supply.

Narrator: This includes assessment of water use, manure, soil amendments, foliar sprays and where crops are grown in relationship to other types of adjacent land activities.

Suslow: What happens at harvest, what happens during the cooling and cleaning and washing, as well as any events during the distribution to a food service or a retail outlet. So, it's really looking at the continuum and trying to break down all of the different, possible points of entry for contamination and options to limit that contamination or to prevent it from surviving or growing.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.