University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
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University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

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UCCE helps small farms resist E. coli, keep up with food safety changes

Sia Vue Thao is a small-scale farmer in Fresno County. In 2006, a large outbreak of E. coli bacteria in spinach sickened 204 people nationwide and killed 3. Like other spinach producers, Sia’s farm suddenly had to deal with much heavier regulations and food safety standards. Not sure how to keep up with the changing rules, Sia turned to her local UCCE small farm advisor. The advisor put together a series of trainings in Spanish, Hmong, Lao, and English to teach small-scale farmers about the changes and how to keep their farms up to code. The training spread to other UCCE offices all over the state, incorporating meetings, a training video, a manual, and a set of guidelines. With the help of these UCCE trainings, Sia and other growers have been able to develop food safety self-audit systems that allow them to continue selling to Whole Foods and other markets.

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