Two-part Webinar Series
 Government and Industry Responses to Leafy Green Outbreaks

Western Growers, in collaboration with the California and Arizona LGMAs, is hosting a two-part webinar series to provide an opportunity for the leafy greens industry and government to discuss the latest investigative report on the fall 2020 outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to leafy greens’ consumption and the updated Leafy Greens Shiga-toxin producing E.coli (STEC) Action Plan. Both documents were released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 6, 2021.

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Latest Outbreak Investigation: Highlights, Findings, Recommendations, and Future Government Activities 

Wednesday April 21st, 2021
10:00AM - 11:00AM PT

SPEAKERS: Dr. Todd Callaway and Dr. Gaby Maier

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Latest Outbreak Investigation: Highlights, Findings, Recommendations, and Future Government Activities

In the investigative report on the fall 2020 outbreak, FDA analyzes identified three key trends leading to the contamination of leafy greens by E. coli O157:H7 in recent years, with a focus on a recurring strain and adjacent land use.

In this webinar, experts from FDA, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and California Department of Public Health will examine the highlights, findings, recommendations, and future activities from the latest outbreak investigation report and cover federal and state perspectives and responses. Participants are encouraged to read the report before this presentation. The report can be accessed 
here. This webinar will allow an opportunity to ask questions, however, Western Growers will also be receiving questions in advance.

Frank Yiannas
FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy & Response

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Speakers

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Part 1 Content:

This webinar will contain valuable insight regarding:

  1. Outbreak Response and Investigation Overview 
  2. Findings and Recommendations 
  3. State Activities/Perspective

Dr. Todd Callaway

Dr. Gaby Maier

Speakers

Dr. Gaby Maier is an Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension for Beef Cattle Herd Health & Production where her research is focused on finding solutions to health challenges in California beef production units with an emphasis on cow-calf operations. She graduated with a DVM from UC Davis in 2009 followed by a residency in Livestock Reproduction and Herd Health. She is board certified in preventive veterinary medicine and has a PhD in Epidemiology, also from UC Davis, where her research was focused on bovine respiratory disease in dairy calves. She also spent two years as a veterinary medical officer for CDFA in the Tulare district where she worked on tuberculosis control and surveillance for other diseases of livestock.

Dr. Todd Callaway is an Associate Professor in ruminant microbiology and nutrition in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science at the University of Georgia.  Todd worked in the USDA-Agricultural Research Service for 18 years with a mission to reduce foodborne pathogenic bacteria and antimicrobial resistant bacterial carriage in food animals on the farm, focusing on the role of the gut microbiota in the nutrition of cattle, and how the complex environment of the cattle gastrointestinal tract can impact food safety and production efficiency. Dr. Callaway has served as an expert panelist for USDA, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations/World Health Organization, and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Stic Harris
Director of Coordinated Outbreak & Response Evaluation Network (CORE), CFSAN

Gerald Bromley
Director, Division of Domestic Human & Animal Food Operations, ORA

Maria Knirk
Deputy Director, Division of Enforcement, CFSAN

Samir Assar
Director, Produce Safety Staff, CFSAN

James Gorny
Senior Science Advisory for Produce Safety, CFSAN

Natalie Krout-Greenberg
Director, CDFA Inspection Services

Michael Needham
Chief, CDPH Emergency Response Unit

Frank Yiannas
FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy & Response 

Speakers

Stic Harris
Director of Coordinated Outbreak & Response Evaluation Network (CORE), CFSAN 

Gerald Bromley
Director, Division of Domestic Human & Animal Food Operations, ORA 

Maria Knirk
Deputy Director, Division of Enforcement, CFSAN 

Samir Assar
Director, Produce Safety Staff, CFSAN 

James Gorny
Senior Science Advisory for Produce Safety, CFSAN 

Natalie Krout-Greenberg
Director, CDFA Inspection Services 

Michael Needham
Chief, CDPH Emergency Response Unit