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Produce Safety Researchers Awarded by ABC Research Laboratories

GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 12, 2012 /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.  Kanika Bhargava, Wayne State University, David Ingram, USDA Agricultural Research Service and Hamed Zahedi, University of Guelph, have received news of their award. "I am so glad to be at the CPS symposium: a great event to meet professionals from both the academic and industry sectors to share knowledge and experience," stated Hamed Zahedi. Each recipient will receive $500 toward their travel and registration expenses.


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," 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."

"ABC Research Laboratories is committed to forwarding the latest and greatest in produce safety," added Business Development Director Ian Bessell. "We're proud to partner with CPS for this travel grant, and look forward to seeing the winners at the symposium!" 

Award Recipients
Kanika Bhargava
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Nutrition and Food Science
Wayne State University, Michigan
Dr. David Ingram
Research Associate / Microbiologist
Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory
USDA Agricultural Research Service, Maryland
Hamed Zahedi
Master of Science candidate in Food Science
University of Guelph, Canada

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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About CPS

The Center for Produce Safety is focused exclusively on providing the produce industry and government with open access to the actionable information needed to continually enhance the safety of produce. Established by public and private partnership at University of California, Davis, CPS funds original research; has created a searchable database of global produce safety research; and is developing industry training and outreach programs. Initial funding for CPS was provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the University of California, Produce Marketing Association and Taylor Farms. For more information, visit

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