September 11, 2007
Leafy greens guidelines and Family farmers
Group critical of leafy greens guidelines
Food safety guidelines proposed by the California produce industry will not protect the public health or solve the state's E. coli problem, and could destroy the state's internationally heralded family farm economy, according to leaders of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, a small-farm advocacy group.
The produce industry-sponsored Leafy Green Marketing Agreement guidelines were developed in the past year in reaction to bagged salad E. coli 0157:H7 outbreaks in 2006 that resulted in more than 350 illnesses and at least three deaths, CAFF said in a statement issued Wednesday.
Note: I didn't find the CAFF statement online, but here is a link to an explanation of their opposition to proposed California food safety legislation: http://www.caff.org/policy/capitol_report_summer_07.shtml. DMB
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