Tomato Safety Research Needs Workshop 2007

T2-I Symposium: Food allergies: Issues in establishing thresholds

University of Florida - IFAS

Chair: Sherri Dennis

The Tomato Safety Research Needs Workshop, sponsored by the University of Maryland Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), was held February 21-22, 2007 in College Park, Maryland.  The two major goals of the workshop were to prioritize research needed to solve the problem of Salmonella and other human pathogens in tomatoes and to begin the process of developing a platform for on-going communication and coordination.  Forty scientists representing academia, government, producers and trade groups participated.

This workshop was a follow up to a stakeholder forum on tomato safety organized by Dr. Martha Roberts (Special Assistant to the Director, Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) held at the University of Florida in November 2006. Information about the stakeholder forum is available at the

Pre-Meeting Information
Workshop Description [Document 1]

Agenda [Document 2]

Bibliography of published research related to the microbiological safety of tomatoes [Document 3]

Background Information

  • Tomato Food Safety Needs, Dr. Robert Buchanan [Document 4]
  • Fresh Tomato Food Safety Research Needs, Dr. David Gombas [Document 5]
  • Charge to the Working Groups [Document 6]
  • What We Need To Know [Document 7]

Results of the Workshop

  • High Priority Research Needs [Document 8]
  • Workshop Report [Document 9]

Date added to March 2007
Pub. date from document: February 2007