eNews • June 2013
And we’re celebrating with a giveaway.
For years, our website has been a “lifeline” for people like you and thousands of others affected by foodborne illness.
But, along the way, you’ve shared your concerns and suggestions for our site. And we’ve listened!
Now, on STOP’s internet home, you’ll see a brand new look and feel along with updated content and easier navigation—all designed with you, our readers, top of mind.
We’re excited to unveil our new site. We hope you are too!Here are some highlights of what you’ll experience at our new site:
Now, about that giveaway.
The STOP team has been hard at work behind the scenes improving our website. And,while we’re enthusiastic about all the changes, your impressions and feedback matter most.
Please let us know if you like our new site, what you like best and give us your thoughts on anything you think we can do to improve it even more.
Your feedback means a lot and, when we receive it by July 7, you’ll be entered to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card.
With your help, we’ll continue our work at
to enhance the content and make it even more user-friendly for you well in the future.
Thank you, as always, for being a special part of our mission. We hope you enjoy using STOP’s new website!
Victims of Leafy Greens Foodborne Illness Travel to California Farms to See Systems in Place for Prevention
“We will carry your faces and voices with us."
When STOP advocate Lauren Bush heard those words from California leafy greens farmers during her recent visit to their farms, she knew she had accomplished her mission for the trip.“After what I saw this week, I can definitely tell other consumers that steps are being taken by California leafy greens farmers to protect others from getting sick,” says Lauren.
Lauren was sickened in the 2006 E. coli outbreak linked to spinach and was among ten food safety advocates who participated in a tour of California farms on June 12-14, 2013 organized by the California Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA) and STOP.LGMA was formed in 2007 when California farmers came together to raise the bar for food safety. LGMA members work collaboratively to protect public health by reducing potential sources of contamination in California-grown leafy greens.
LGMA reached out to STOP a few months ago with an invitation for victims and staff to travel to their farms to learn about operations and explore how they can work together to improve food safety.
“We wanted this group to see the systems in place for California leafy greens that help to prevent people from becoming sick,” said Scott Horsfall, CEO of the LGMA. “But we also really wanted to hear their stories and to learn about the concerns of people who have been impacted by foodborne illness.”
And, for Lauren, it sounds like Mr. Horsfall achieved his goal.
“I was really touched that not only did the farmers we met this past week really listen to our stories, but I truly could feel the impact,” commented Lauren.
After her experience, Lauren is motivated to take action.
“I left the meeting with several projects in mind,” noted Lauren.
“In New York City, where I live, not all neighborhoods have good produce available. Products are often old and wilted. My plan is two-fold. First, I hope to contact the commercial shipping labor unions to raise awareness of the drivers’ responsibility to maintain their refrigeration units and the possible food safety consequences,” says Lauren.
Part two of Lauren’s plan includes speaking with the regional food distribution centers to ask that they require “TellTale Monitors” in all trucks. “These small devices cost just $12-20 but do an important job of monitoring and recording refrigeration levels during drivers’ routes,” explains Lauren. “My hope is that these small efforts will have a big impact on the quality and safety of produce in food retailers across the region.”
STOP extends big thanks to Lauren and all of the enthusiastic advocates who traveled with us to CA, shared their stories and are now putting their new knowledge to work for improved food safety. STOP is also very grateful to Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement for this opportunity to partner to help prevent foodborne illness. We especially appreciate the genuine and heartfelt interest in working together that’s been shown by the LGMA.
“We know it’s very difficult for these individuals to recount stories of how they became ill and the tragic impacts of foodborne illness they have personally experienced,” pointed out Ryan Talley, chairman of the LGMA and a producer of leafy greens. “I asked these remarkable people to please continue to talk about their experiences and relay them to farmers like us, because we need to hear it. Together, farmers and consumers can make a difference in making food safer.”
To read a blog post about the tour by Ryan Talley, LGMA Chairman, click here.
Find more information on the LGMA here: