Veg-i-Trade & ILSI toured to discuss on Water Safety and Quality

Both at the IAFP Europe Meeting in Marseille, France in May 2013, at the IAFP Annual meeting in Charlotte, US in July 2013 and also at the SAAFOST meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, Veg-i-Trade in collaboration with ILSI organized a Mini-Symposium on Water Safety and Quality. This showed to be hot topic on an international scale, as water resources are under increasing pressure and concerns on the use of water in fresh produce production have raised. Speakers discussed on microbial hazards in fresh produce and water including bacterial pathogens, parasites, viruses. Some preliminary results of the Veg-i-Trade project on water use and quality at primary production were shared. Approaches in assessing water quality and water treatment procedures in the fresh produce supply chain were addressed and data gaps identified. These sessions stimulated open discussions on the way forward and can be used to guide the risk management direction to efficient pathogen control and to select the most appropriate control measures. It also helps to focus research on the areas where important pieces of information are missing.