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, Parking, and Travel Information
  • Registration
  • Hotel Information
  • Contact Us
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015

     1 - 1:20 p.m.

      Welcome and Introductions   

      Dr. Anuradha Prakash

     1:20 - 1:50 p.m.

      Irradiation as a Phytosanitary Treatment: A Global Solution

      Yves Henon, IAEA

     1:50 - 2:20 p.m.

      Opening Overseas Markets


     2:20 - 2:50 p.m.

      Trade Initiatives


     2:50 - 3:10 p.m.


     3:10 - 3:40 p.m. 

      Export Opportunities & Challenges

      (to be confirmed)

     3:40 - 4:10 p.m.

      Export Markets for California Produce

      (to be confirmed)

     4:10 - 4:40 p.m.

      Irradiation: FDA perspective

      Teresa Croce, FDA

     4:40 - 5:15 p.m.

      Roundtable Discussion

     5:30 p.m.                            

      Evening Reception

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

     9 - 9:15 a.m.

      Resources & Points of Contact

      Maggie Smither

     9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

      Port of Entry Progr a.m.: Case Studies

      Dr. Laura Jeffers

     9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

      Irradiated Food- Distributor Experiences 

      Bill Gerlach, Melissa’s

     10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

      Irradiated Food- Retailer Experiences

      Kathleen O’Donnell  Cahil, Wegmans

     10:45 - 11:05 a.m.


     11:05 - 11:25 a.m.

      Effects on Fruit Quality

      Dr. Anuradha Prakash

     11:25 - 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.


     1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

      Irradiated Produce: The Australian experience

      Murray Lynch, Steritech

     1:30 - 2 p.m.

      Irradiated Food: Addressing consumer concerns

      Kevin Nalder, New Zealand  Importers Association

     2 - 2:20 p.m.

      So You Want To Be An Exporter

      Maggie Smither

     2:20 - 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


    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)
  • Registration For

  • Ayres Inn Orange

    3737 West Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92868

    Direct: (714) 978-9168

    Fax: (714) 978-9028



    $105/night for single King or two Queens

    Guests are responsible for reservations and charges for room, tax, and incidentals.



    Chapman Food Science Irradiation

    Use this link to make your reservation:

  • 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