Trevor Suslow, Ph.D. is transitioning from full-time (Oct 1, 2018, to Dec 31, 2020) as VP of Produce Safety at the Produce Marketing Association and Emeritus Extension Research Specialist at the University of California, Davis, Department of Plant Sciences. Trevor has formed Trevor Suslow Consulting, LLC and retains his Emeritus position. His former full-time position at UCD included statewide responsibilities in the quality and safety of perishable horticultural commodities. Dr. Suslow’s program spanned preharvest to postharvest research and outreach education on diverse whole fresh and minimally-processed horticultural foods from annual row crops to tree and vine commodities. His past and current applied research combine lab and on-farm research on E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria in conventional and organic production systems, to identify opportunities for optimal microbial reductions and delivery of safe food to the consumer. He served on the Center for Produce Safety Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014 and the CPS Technical Committee since its creation in 2008 to the present. Dr. Suslow received his BSc. in Agricultural Sciences with honors and his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining UC Davis, he was a Research Scientist and Director of Product Research for DNA Plant Technologies, Inc. for 15 years. Trevor received the United Fresh Produce Association Technical Award in 2012 and was named to and to The Packer 25 Profiles in Leadership award in 2014. He was named to the Food Safety News list of The Best of Food Safety in Education and honored with the National Steinbeck Center’s Valley of the World Award in Education in 2017. He is a Lead Instructor for the FDA FSMA Produce Safety Alliance, Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, and the Sprout Safety Alliance. Trevor served as Faculty Director for the UC Postharvest Technology Center from 2016 to October 2018. Dr. Suslow was recently recognized by the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) with the 2018 Elmer Marth Educator Award and in 2019 the IAFP President’s Award for extension and outreach to the food safety community.
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