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New Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force formed

The Arizona and California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements, the Produce Marketing Association, the United Fresh Produce Association, Western Growers, and other stakeholders in the produce industry are pleased to announce the formation of a Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force designed to assess and address issues associated with recent foodborne illness outbreaks attributed to consumption of leafy greens.

California and Arizona produce over 50 billion servings of leafy greens every year to American consumers.  The leafy greens community shares a common goal to strengthen the way our food is grown, harvested and distributed.  The purpose of this Task Force is to sharpen food safety systems through the entire supply chain.

Task Force Membership will include representatives of:

  • Growers from Arizona, California and other production regions
  • Shippers and processors from Arizona, California and other production regions
  • Produce industry and related trade associations
  • State and local government agencies
  • Scientists and researchers
  • Consumer advocacy
  • The buyer community

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will be involved on a collaborative basis, serving as technical and informational advisors to the task force.

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3 Responses to New Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force formed

  1. Victor Tognazzini says:

    I know many members of the task force and have the very highest regard for their knowledge, their dedication and their achievements in the area of food safety. The traditional protocols for determining the cause of an outbreak of food borne illness in areas that are irrigated from open canals is not valid. I have personally ordered and witnessed the taking of multiple water samples in the same location from canal water being used for irrigation that had E.Coli readings above and below that which was acceptable. In growing areas that depend on open canals there needs to be a purification system that treats the water immediately before entering the field. Warer samples are a snapshot in time for open canals and cannot be viewed in the way well water is tested. Taskfores are good for publicity, but if not accepting one of the root causes and the monetary cost of water purification at field sites is not considered, the task force will be nothing more than the gathering together of highly qualified participants who can do little to prevent future outbreaks of food borne illnesses.

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