ORLANDO, Fla. — The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation has presented a gift of $250,000 to the Center for Produce Safety here at CPS’ second annual Produce Research Symposium this week. The gift was the first made by a retailer since CPS was founded in 2007, according to a release from the organization.
“We are very enthusiastic about CPS’ approach to creating a better understanding of fresh produce’s food safety challenges, from fast tracking food safety research, to getting those results in the hands of the diverse community that affects produce safety,” said Danny Wegman, chairman of the board of the foundation and chief executive officer of Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans Food Markets.
Wegman cited several key influences in the family foundation’s decision to support CPS’ work. These included his recent service as chair of Food Marketing Institute’s Food Safety Task Force and his recognition of the need to strengthen consumer confidence in the safety of fresh produce.
“Frankly, we hope our gift will prompt others to support CPS’ very important efforts,” Wegman said. CPS representatives said that the gift will help support the center’s competitive research grant programs.
To date, CPS has given $6.8 million to fund 43 research projects addressing general and commodity-specific food safety research.