Produce Safety Researchers Awarded

ABC Research Laboratories provides travel grant to Center for Produce Safety Symposium

GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ABC Research Laboratories has awarded travel grants to three up-and-coming scientists to attend the Center for Produce Safety Produce Research Symposium.  Angela Valadez, University of Florida; Zhao Chen, Clemson University; and Casey Harris, University of Georgia, have received news of their award.  Each recipient will receive $500 toward their travel along with complimentary event registration. 


This grant was made available to all researchers working to improve produce safety.  Applications were evaluated on the relevance of the applicant's research to practical concerns in produce safety, their ability to effectively communicate research findings, and their ability to conduct relevant and robust research.

"We were very impressed with the caliber of the entries we received this year," remarked ABC Research's Chief Scientific Officer Gillian Dagan.  "While picking winners from such a talented pool of submissions was no easy task, the research from these three candidates stood out by exhibiting superior potential in the advancement of produce safety."

Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, executive director of the Center for Produce Safety stated, "CPS is pleased to partner with the ABC Research Laboratories to provide scientists the opportunity to understand the produce industry research priorities and expectations.  The symposium is a fundamental event to those interested in the produce safety efforts of the industry."

Award Recipients

Zhao Chen
Research Assistant
College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
Clemson University

Casey Harris
Masters Student
Odum School of Ecology
University of Georgia

Angela Valadez
Ph.D. Candidate
Food Science and Human Nutrition
University of Florida 

About ABC Research Laboratories
ABC Research Laboratories, an ISO 17025 accredited food testing facility, provides consultations and analytical results across the entire spectrum of the food industry. Building on a record of excellence since 1967, ABC Research Laboratories features one of the largest full-service testing laboratories in the United States. Dedication to personalized service, coupled with superior scientific practices, is the foundation of ABC Research Laboratories success. Food testing experts ensuring food safety, quality and nutritional value.

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