E. coli and Preventative Protocols

July 2, 2019

Hand-washing sign

Protecting the health and safety of the fair-going public as well as that of your animal exhibitors and fair staff is a commitment and a responsibility CFSA takes seriously. The recent outbreak underscores the importance of establishing and enforcing precautions and safety protocols that can help prevent the spread of E. coli and other infectious diseases.

Get a tune-up of your fair’s hand-washing program: As a pool program participant, you’re encouraged to tap the knowledge of your fair’s CFSA Risk Control specialist to evaluate your fair’s written Illness and Injury Prevention Program (IIPP) for up-to-date health and safety protocols and actions. Your specialist can also help with the placement of hand-washing signs, staff and pre-fair animal exhibitor meetings, and more.

Hand-washing signs in English and Spanish provided by CDFA’s Fairs & Expositions (F&E) Branch are available from Melissa Thurber at mthurber@cfsa.org or you can print out your own signs from the F&E website:  https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/Fairs_&_Expositions/Information/Animal_Exhibit_Signage.asp

In addition, we encourage you to explore these resources:

From the Centers for Disease Control:
E. coli Questions and Answers – https://cdc.gov/ecoli/general/index.html

Health and safety themed videos for livestock exhibitors:
Play it Safe, Livestock Germ Safari and Handwashing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY3_ain8MFo&t=277s

Bio-Security in 4-H for Visitors:

You can also access the Bio-Security video from the CDFA website: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/Fairs_%26_Expositions/Fair_Information/Exhibits_and_Livestock_Issues.asp  

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Desmond, 916/263-6161, rdesmond@cfsa.org; Tom Amberson, 916/263-6180, tamberson@cfsa.org; or Becky Bailey-Findley at 916/263-6160, baileyfindley@cfsa.org.