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US: Western Growers’ $1 million contribution pushes CPS research campaign past halfway mark

Center for Produce Safety (US): Western Growers has committed $1 million to the Center for Produce Safety’s (CPS) Campaign for Produce Safety, officials from both organizations have announced. Western Growers’ contribution brings total campaign commitments to more than $10 million – over halfway toward CPS’s goal.

“It is fitting and a testament to the relationship between Western Growers and CPS, characterized by nearly a decade of cooperation and collaboration between the two organizations, that our $1 million contribution puts CPS’s fundraising campaign over the $10 million mark,” said Tom Nassif, Western Growers president and CEO.

Western Growers’ grower members produce more than 50 percent of the fresh produce found in U.S. grocery stores.

“We thank Western Growers and its members for this leadership contribution, and the grower commitment to food safety that it represents,” said Steve Patricio, chairman of both CPS and its Campaign for Produce Safety, and president and CEO of Westside Produce. Patricio is also a member of Western Growers’ board.

“The Center for Produce Safety board and staff are honored and humbled by the overwhelming support the campaign has received so far,” Patricio said about reaching the campaign’s halfway mark. “Our industry is telling us loud and clear that they value our mission and work. We will safeguard that trust and work continually to earn it anew.”

Read the full article at the Center for Produce Safety website