July 13, 2022

Leafy greens org creates food safety training video

Nearly 10 years ago, the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) partnered with STOP Foodborne Illness to create a motivational training video for leafy greens producers.

LGMA-logo-leafy-greensThe video features the stories of two young women — Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush — who became seriously ill with E. coli after eating contaminated spinach in 2006. The video also features farmer Dan Sutton who emphasizes to the women that he will share their stories to help make a difference.

The video, titled “The Why Behind Food Safety,” is shared before each food safety training class held by the California LGMA to help those in the leafy greens farming community understand why food safety is important. This award-winning video is also used across the globe by other food producers, beyond leafy greens farmers and the produce industry. Several different versions of the video are available on the LGMA YouTube page, including translations in Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.

In May 2022, the California LGMA and STOP Foodborne Illness provided an update to the original video to continue to tell the stories of Rylee, Lauren and Dan. The updated video is available in English and English with Spanish subtitles and can be used in concert with the first to drive home additional food safety culture messages.

— April Ward, California LGMA

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