Teressa Lopez, Arizona LGMA
Vicki-Lynn Scott, Amigo Farms
This group focused on growing and harvest conditions (including climate and water quality) that may have contributed to the outbreak that took place this year.
Hank Giclas, Western Growers
Vic Smith, JV Smith Companies
STEC’s come primarily from cows. This group looked at current standards related to proximity to CAFOs, as well as movement via equipment, packaging, vehicles, other intrusive animals or insects.
Scott Horsfall, California LGMA
This group looked at past outbreak data and historical conditions in an attempt to determine what may be contributing factors to outbreaks at those times of the year.
Jennifer McEntire, United Fresh Produce Association
This group evaluated current traceback programs in the produce industry and their impact on traceability during outbreak events and will assess the challenges encountered in investigating outbreaks due to traceability issues. This topic extends beyond the leafy greens industry and the discussion may go on after the work of the Task Force is completed. This topic extends byeond the leafy greens industry and the discussion may go on after the work of the Task Force is completed.
Bob Whitaker, Produce Marketing Association
This group looked for ways to offer input and/or guidance to FDA and CDC on outbreak messaging and vocabulary. The time to have these conversations is not in the middle of a crisis, but before a crisis happens. The group looked at mechanisms for communications with FDA and CDC during and after outbreaks that can improve the overall ability to quickly and effectively deal with outbreaks. This is also a topic of interest to the entire produce industry, not just the leafy greens community. This is a topic of interest to the entire produce industry, not just the leafy greens community.