A collaborative effort for safer food.

About Us

The Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force was designed to assess and address issues associated with recent foodborne illness outbreaks attributed to consumption of leafy greens and to prevent such a tragedy from occurring in the future. 

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 our food safety systems through the entire supply chain. 

Task Force

Task Force Membership


Taskforce Membership includes 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.

Interested in Helping?

The Task Force needs the help of those who understand the leafy greens supply chain.  Please contact us if you are interested in helping and work in one of the following categories:

  • Leafy greens grower, shipper or processor
  • Scientific researcher who works in food safety and farming
  • Produce buyer for grocery, restaurants or distibutors

Steering Committee

Task Force Steering Committee Members



  • Jerry Muldoon, Dole Fresh, Arizona
  • Steve Church, Church Brothers, California


  • John Boelts, Desert Premium Farms
  • Mary Campbell, Yuma Safe Produce Council
  • Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, Center for Produce Safety
  • Ed Foster, Arizona Dept. of Agriculture
  • Hank Giclas/Sonia Salas, Western Growers
  • Scott Horsfall, California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement
  • Natalie Krout-Greenberg, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Teressa Lopez, Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement
  • Drew McDonald, Taylor Farms
  • Jennifer McEntire, United Fresh Produce Association
  • Vicki-Lynne Scott, Amigo Farms
  • Victor Smith, JV Smith Companies
  • Abby Taylor, Grower-Shipper Association of Central California
  • Michael Taylor, STOP Foodborne Illness
  • Shelly Tunis, Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association
  • Jack Vessey, Vessey Farms
  • Kami Weddle, Rousseau Farms
  • Bob Whitaker, Produce Marketing Association

Federal agencies will be involved on a collaborative basis, serving as technical and informational advisors to the task force.


Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force Progress


Task Force hosts first meeting.  The group included over 70 stakeholders from industry and the buying community, including growers and researchers in Yuma who joined remotely. The group took a deeper dive into growing conditions, risk factors and root cause hypotheses. 


Steering Committee hosts first meeting in Salinas, CA.  There was a wide ranging discussion of all issues related to the recent outbreak including the investigation, traceability issues, and potential root cause hypotheses.  


Steering Committee Members names and task force sign ups opened.

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