The Center for Produce Safety at the University of California-Davis is requesting research proposals to address in a new round of projects targeting food safety.

The request is the largest in the center’s two-year history, according to a news release, with $2 million available this year.

 “We created CPS to streamline and accelerate research into this industry’s most vexing questions,” said Tim York, the center’s chairman and president of Markon Coop., Salinas, Calif., in the release. “This (request for research proposals) speaks volumes about our progress, and that of our industry partners.”

In addition to the center, partners in this request are:

  • California Department of Food and Agriculture (through federal Specialty Crop Block Grants;
  • University of California’s Agricultural and Natural Resources;
  • Almond Board of California;
  • California Melon Research Board;
  • California Pistachio Research Board
  • California Walnut Commission
  • Florida Tomato Committee; and
  • Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission.

The deadline for submitting proposals is July 1 and must be done through the Center for Produce Safety’s Web site at Awards will be announced on or before Oct. 1.