(Oct. 28, 6:02 p.m.) The University of California-Davis Postharvest Technology Research & Information Center and the Center for Produce Safety have created the Fresh Produce Executive Forum, a series of educational Web seminars for the produce industry.

The UC-Davis center does most of the educational outreach while the Center for Produce Safety is developing research funding, said Jim Gorny, executive director of the postharvest center.

The first seminar, “Fresh Produce Microbial Pathogen Testing: Program Components & Considerations,” is scheduled for 10 a.m. Pacific time, Nov. 20.

This seminar will be beneficial to grower-shippers, packers, processors, distributors, retailers and food service operators, Gorny said.

Both the technical and legal aspects will be covered, and Gorny said it is especially advantageous now that many buyers are now requiring microbial testing.

It should last around 90 minutes and includes question-and-answer sessions.

“It just seems like an ideal opportunity to keep people up to date,” Gorny said.

Speakers include Gorny, Trevor Suslow, cooperative extension specialist and professor at UC-Davis and Leslie Krasny, of Keller & Heckman LLP, San Francisco.

Participants can register for this or future Web seminars at http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu or by contacting Pam Devine, registration coordinator, at (530)754-4326 or pwdevine@ucdavis.edu.

The cost is $125 and the seminar is limited to 125 participants.