Western Growers Establishes the Food Safety Cohort to Quickly Develop Cutting-Edge Prevention and Diagnostic Technologies to address challenges facing the fresh produce sector.
February 6th, 2022
As part of the inaugural AgTechX Food Safety event hosted by Western Growers (WG) Center for Innovation & Technology, the Center for Produce Safety and the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture, WG introduced the AgTechX Food Safety Cohort, a global group of innovators specializing in prevention technologies and rapid diagnostics who will receive exclusive resources to help them launch and scale their projects.
ScanTech Sciences Co-Founder and EVP, Chip Starns, and Director of North America Sales, Marc Petitpas, were invited to join the important cohort and participate in the inaugural meeting to discuss challenges facing the fresh produce sector today.
The meeting included a tour of the Yuma, AZ growing region, known as one of the largest and most sophisticated production hubs for leafy greens in the U.S. ScanTech Sciences E-Beam Electronic Cold-Pasteurization™ (ECP™) technology was a featured solution to the leafy greens and fresh produce safety efforts. ECP’s ability to eliminate deadly pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella and Cyclospora through a chemical-free and heat-free treatment lays the foundation to become a major contributor to a safer and healthier produce supply chain. The treatment includes full cold-chain integrity and case-level traceability to further enhance the benefits of quality and compliance.
The cohort includes a wide range of experts in diagnostics and prevention technologies. “We are excited to welcome a talented group of innovators and entrepreneurs to Yuma to begin a year of focus on accelerating new food safety solutions,” said Dennis Donohue, Director of the WGCIT. “We have learned that co-development between growers and processers and technology companies is how progress really happens. We have a great group to get started with and we hope to attract other players as we proceed through the year.”
Upcoming cohort meetings are planned for later this year in Woodland, Calif. and King City, Calif.
About ScanTech Sciences
ScanTech Sciences is dedicated to replacing dangerous chemicals and outdated treatment methods, operating out of its Atlanta, GA headquarters and Texas Rio Grande Valley Electronic Cold-Pasteurization™ (ECP™) processing facility, the company works with growers, customs brokers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers to improve safety and quality across the produce supply chain. Patented ECP™ and comprehensive logistics services enable ScanTech Sciences to eliminate harmful pests, extend product shelf-life, enhance fresh food taste and appearance and reduce compliance costs. Learn more at reveam.com.