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7 RESEARCH NEEDS Everyone in the produce handling continuum must understand the food risks that they are facing, because if these risks are not clearly understood 26 Microbiology of Fruits and Vegetables then they cannot be appropriately addressed and managed. Speculative actions that attempt to reduce produce food safety risks, if incorrect, potentially take limited food safety resources away from actual risks which have not been addressed while adding to the perception that the issue has been addressed, and raising expectations.

4 PROXIMITY RISK OF POTENTIAL CONTAMINANT SOURCES No produce operation is an island unto itself. Therefore it is important to assess risks posed by adjacent agricultural and nonagricultural operations that are known to be potential sources of human pathogens. Greater understanding and quantification of risk posed by such adjacent operations is needed to formulate strategies to reduce risk. Simply put, how close is too close? What factors should be contemplated when assessing the risk of adjacent operations to agricultural production and postharvest handling operations, and what mitigation steps would be effective to reduce risk?

4 Rs Lectins, Fimbriae, FHA . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Erwinia spp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Pseudomonas spp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Xanthomonas campestris (Xc). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Azospirillum spp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Klebsiella spp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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