Opportunities in Phytosanitary Irradiation for Fresh Produce Workshop

»Opportunities in Phytosanitary Irradiation for Fresh Produce Workshop

March 25-26, 2015

Offered by USDA-APHIS and Chapman University

The fifth annual “Opportunities in Phytosanitary Irradiation for Fresh Produce Workshop” will take place March 25-26, 2015 at Chapman University in Orange, CA. Over the past five years Chapman University has partnered with US produce industries and USDA APHIS PPQ to conduct quality studies on a variety of fresh fruit. This project is funded by a USDA FAS Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Grant and is designed specifically to assist in developing export markets for US commodities.

The meeting will include:

  • Presentation of APHIS trade initiatives
  • Trade potential for irradiated produce
  • Results of research on quality of fruit and effects on invasive species
  • Grocery industry success stories

More information about the 2015 Workshop will be posted as it becomes available.

We hope to see you there!

  • 2015 Agenda
  • 2015 Directions and Parking
  • 2015 Registration
  • Contact Us
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015

     1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

     Welcome and Introductions   

     Dr. Anuradha Prakash

     1:20 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

     Opening Overseas Markets


     1:50 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

     Trade Initiatives


     2:20 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

     Export Opportunities & Challenges

     (to be confirmed)

     2:50 p.m.   - 3:10 p.m.


     3:10 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. 

     Export Markets for California Produce

     (to be confirmed)

     3:40 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

     Irradiation: FDA perspective

     Teresa Croce, FDA

     4:10 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

     Irradiation as a Phytosanitary Treatment: A global solution

     (to be confirmed)

     4:40 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

     Roundtable Discussion

     5:45 p.m.                         


    Thursday, March 26, 2015

     9 a.m.   - 9:15 a.m.

     Resources & Points of Contact

     Maggie Smither

     9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

     Port of Entry Program: Case Studies

     Dr. Laura Jeffers

     9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

     Irradiated Food- Distributor Experiences

     Bill Gerlach, Melissa’s

     10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

     Irradiated Food- Retailer Experiences

     Kathleen O’Donnell-Cahil,  Wegmans

     10:45 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.


     11:05 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

     Effects on Fruit Quality

     Dr. Anuradha Prakash

     11:25 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

     Efficacy on Insect Pests

     Dr. Woodward Bailey

     11:45 a.m. - Noon

     Irradiation Treatment Options

     Dr. Peter Follett, ARS, USDA

     Noon - 1 p.m.


     1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

     Irradiated Produce: The Australian experience

     Murray Lynch, Steritech

     1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

     Irradiated Food: Addressing consumer concerns

     Kevin Nalder, New Zealand  Importers Association

     2 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

     So You Want To Be An Exporter

     Maggie Smither

     2:20 p.m. - 3 p.m.

     Roundtable Discussion: Next steps

     3 p.m


  • Location

    Chapman University

    Beckman Hall, Pralle Lecture Hall, Room 104
    One University Drive
    Chapman University
    Orange, CA 92866

    Campus Map


    Parking permits will be e-mailed to all registered guests.

    Visitors may park in the Argyros Parking Lot (located on Center). Be sure to place the permit face-up on your dashboard.

    Parking Map

    Campus Map

    Travel Information

    Chapman University is in Orange, California, CA 92866. The local airport is Orange County Airport (SNA) which is 11 miles from the university and is a good choice for domestic flights. Convenient shuttle service to Chapman University and hotels in Orange is provided e.g. by, and taxi service is also available. (An alternative domestic airport is Long Beach Airport LGB, which is 20 miles from Chapman and also has shuttle service to Orange.)

    Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 40 miles from Chapman University. There are several shuttle services that provide convenient transportation from LAX to Chapman University and/or the recommended Ayres Inn Hotel in Orange. E.g. advanced booking at or provides even better prices than selecting a shuttle service on arrival.

    For participants who arrive by car, driving directions to Chapman University are available online

    From Ayres Inn:

    • Take Chapman Avenue East to traffic circle (Glassell St.)
    • Exit the third exit off the traffic circle (Glassell St. NORTH)
    • Take Glassell St. NORTH to University Drive
    • Turn right on Walnut Ave.
    • Enter Lastinger Parking Structure on right
  • Registration Form

  • Margaret Smither
    Export Specialist
    4700 River Road
    Riverdale, MD  20737

    Phone: (301) 851-2235
    Fax: (301) 734-7639

    Anuradha Prakash
    Professor and Program Director
    Food Science
    Chapman University
    One University Drive
    Orange, CA  92866

    Phone: (714) 744-7826