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Univ. of Arizona Scientists to Examine Yuma Food Safety Practices After E. coli Outbreak

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Yuma growers will work together scientists from the University of Arizona and local and state agricultural leaders on a study following last year’s deadly E.coli outbreak. 

University officials announced the partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, local irrigation districts and the Arizona Department of Agriculture to study growing practices in the Yuma produce growing region.

Channah Rock is a University of Arizona professor and extension specialist.

“(The goal is) To better understand the environment and better understand the ways that pathogens or microbes move throughout the environment and ultimately ways that we can prevent them from getting in our produce,” Rock said. 

The study will include input from officials with the Yuma Area Leafy Greens Industry and the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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