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How Tragedy Brought California State Science and the Leafy Green Industry Together

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How tragedy brought California state science and the leafy green industry together

Food Safety Magazine

More than a decade ago, the California fresh produce industry experienced its worst foodborne illness outbreak: Three died and 205 were sickened from the consumption of bagged spinach contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7. The following year facing a loss of consumer confidence that cost growers $1 billion in lost sales, growers and the California Department of Food andĀ Agriculture launched created the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement. It has become a model of how scientists and an industry work together to protect public health.