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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Leafy Greens Industry Ongoing Efforts

Monday, May 10, 2021
10:00AM - 11:00AM PT

SPEAKERS: Dr. Todd Callaway and Dr. Gaby Maier

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Leafy Greens Industry Ongoing Efforts

The leafy green sector continues to address challenges associated with the current leafy greens food safety landscape. Industry-wide collaborative efforts across government entities, trade associations, universities, and individual companies are imperative to address produce safety challenges.

In this webinar, the Western Growers Association, Arizona and California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements, Monterey County Farm Bureau, Yuma Safe Produce Council, and University of California at Davis will discuss current food safety initiatives and activities. This webinar will allow an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on current work and initiatives.

De Ann Davis
SVP Science, Western Growers

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Part 2 Content:

This webinar will contain valuable insight regarding:

  1. Western Growers' Initiatives
  2. California and Arizona LGMA's Activities 
  3. Local Initiatives
  4. California Longitudinal Study Overview

Dr. Todd Callaway

Dr. Gaby Maier


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).

Sonia Salas
AVP Science, Western Growers

Tim York

Greg Komar
Technical Director, CA LGMA

Teressa Lopez
Food Safety Committee Administrator, AZ LGMA

Vicki Scott
Technical Assistant, AZ LGMA

Norm Groot
Executive Director, Monterey County Farm Bureau

Amanda Brooks
Executive Board Member, Yuma Safe Produce Council

Frank Yiannas
FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy & Response 


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

Michele Jay-Russell
WIFSS Liaison and Program Manager, Western Center for Food Safety/UC Davis