A new program to test California’s agricultural inspection systems has been launched to help prevent outbreaks.
The testing system, called the California Food Safety Program (CFSP), will be used by growers, processors, retailers and retailers of agricultural products to detect potential foodborne illness.”CFSP is designed to help ensure our state has a strong food safety system that works,” said Governor Jerry Brown in a statement on Thursday.
The program will test for salmonella, foodborne pathogens, bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
It will also test for pesticides, solvents, fertilizers, and pesticides that have been used in agriculture and are used in the production of food.
The new program was announced in March, with a goal to prevent the spread of foodborne infections.
“This is an important and crucial program,” said Dr. Eric Tassone, the chief scientific officer for the California Department of Public Health and Environment.
“It will help prevent our state from becoming the epicenter of the foodborne disease pandemic.”
California has the third-highest number of confirmed foodborne outbreaks in the nation.
The CFSP will be administered by state health departments, which are responsible for all foodborne-disease cases in the state.
The state is also testing for the presence of some other types of pathogens.
The test will take about 30 minutes and cost $20,000.
“Our goal is to have the system in place by January 2017,” said Brown.
“We have to be able to do that because we don’t have enough testing to keep up with the pace of new outbreaks.”