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California Agricultural Neighbors Concludes Webinar Series 
From California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) July 19 Legislative Bulletin

As previously reported in Legislative Bulletin, CCA has in recent months been participating in the California Agricultural Neighbors (CAN) initiative, an effort coordinated by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and Monterey County Farm Bureau (MCFB) to better understand and prevent outbreaks of pathogenic E. coli strain O157:H7 associated with leafy greens in the Salinas Valley.

On June 23, CDFA published CAN’s June 2021 Interim Report after convening a “town hall” to discuss the topics addressed in the report (a video of the town hall meeting can be found here). The report identifies “collective themes of discussion, recommendations [f]or consideration, or noted opportunities for subject matter expertise to expand on current knowledge and understanding” identified in the CAN stakeholder process to date.

Following the report’s release, CDFA and MCFB hosted a trio of webinars “to learn about CAN and hear food safety recommendations from scientific experts.” That webinar series concluded last Wednesday, but recordings of the series are available on CDFA’s YouTube channel by clicking on the webinar titles and links below:

CCA will continue to engage CDFA and other stakeholders in the CAN process and will keep members apprised of significant developments arising from the effort.