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

We hope to see you there!

  • Agenda
  • Directions & Travel Information
  • Photo Gallery 2015
  • Hotel Information
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  • Wednesday, March 25




    1 – 1:30 p.m.

    Welcome and Introductions

    Dr. Anuradha Prakash, Chapman Ms. Maggie Smither, USDA

    1:30 – 2 p.m.

    Irradiation as a Phytosanitary Treatment: A Global Solution

    Mr. Yves Henon, International Atomic Energy Agency

    2 – 2:20 p.m.

    Supporting US Exports

    Mr. Jarrod Jones, Foreign Agricultural Service

    2:20 – 2:50 p.m.

    Resolving Phytosanitary Issues to Facilitate Safe Trade

    Ms. Karen Ackerman, Phytosanitary Issues Management

    2:50 – 3:10 p.m.



    3:10 – 3:40 p.m.

    Citrus Exports: Opportunities and Challenges

    Mr. Dan Kass, Paramount Citrus

    3:40 – 4 p.m.

    Export Certification Program

    Mr. Terrance Wells, Export Services

    4 – 4:30 p.m.

    Irradiation: FDA Perspective

    Dr. Teresa Croce, Food & Drug Administration

    4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

    Roundtable Discussion

    Facilitator: Dr. Woodward Bailey

    5:30 p.m.


    Chapman University Faculty   Athenaeum

    Thursday,   March 26

    9 – 9:15 a.m.

    Welcome & Opening Remarks

    Mr. Osama El-Lissy, Deputy Administrator

    9:15 – 9:35 a.m.

    Plant Protection & Quarantine Irradiation Programs

    Dr. Laura Jeffers, Agriculture Quarantine Inspection

      9:35 – 10 a.m.

    Irradiated Food-Distributor Experiences

    Mr. Bill Gerlach, Melissa’s

    10 – 10:30 a.m.

    Irradiated Food-Retailer Experiences

    Ms. Kathleen O’Donnell-Cahil, Wegmans

    10:30 – 10:50 a.m.



    10:50 – 11:15 a.m.

    Effects on Fruit Quality

    Dr. Anuradha Prakash, Chapman University

    11:15 – 11:35 a.m.

    Efficacy on Insect Pests

    Dr. Woodward Bailey, Agriculture Quarantine Inspection

    11:35 – Noon

    Irradiation Treatment Options

    Dr. Peter Follett, Agricultural Research Service

    Noon – 1:15 p.m.


    Chapman University Faculty   Athenaeum

    1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

    Irradiated Produce: The Australian Experience

    Mr. Murray Lynch, Steritech

    1:45 – 2:15 p.m.

    Irradiated Food: Addressing Consumer Concerns

    Mr. Kevin Nalder, New Zealand Importers Association

    2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

    Export Program & Guidance

    Ms. Maggie Smither, Export Services

    2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

    Roundtable Discussion: Next Steps & Questions

    Facilitator: Roger Holman

    3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

    Closing Remarks & Adjourn

    Mr. Michael Guidicipietro, Phytosanitary Issues Management

  • 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

    LAX Shuttle Service Options

    While there are many shuttle services to choose from, we recommend two:

    Executive Sedan Service:

    • Direct service to and from LAX
    • No stops or other passengers
    • Estimate rate is $98.00 (one way)

    Super Shuttle:

    • Direct service to and from LAX
    • Includes stops and other passengers
    • Special discount rate is $11.00 (one way)
  • Visit our Facebook page for photos of our event!

    Classroom of Irradiation Workshop 2015

    Guidicipietro at  Irradiation Workshop 2015

    Prakash at Irradiation Workshop 2015

    Gerlach at Irradiation Workshop 2015

    Croce at Irradiation Workshop 2015

    Ackerman at Irradiation Workshop 2015

    Henon at Irradiation Workshop 2015

    Chapman Team at Irradiation Workshop 2015

  • Ayres Inn Orange
    3737 West Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92868
    Direct: (714) 978-9168
    Fax: (714) 978-9028



  • 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