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Scott Horsfall

Scott Horsfall

Scott Horsfall is the Chief Executive Officer of the California Leafy Green Marketing Agreement, which establishes safe growing practices accepted by growers who account for 99 percent of California’s leafy green produce industry.

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Revised Produce Safety Rule: A Closer Look at a Daunting Task


(This article by Scott Horsfall was published Sept. 19, 2014, by the LGMA, the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement, and is reposted here with permission.) We have just finished reviewing the revised Produce Safety Rule issued last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of its effort to implement federal food safety… Continue Reading

FDA Cites Need to Coordinate with Marketing Agreements on Food Safety


(This blog post by Scott Horsfall was published May 2, 2014, on the California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement site and is posted here with permission.) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released its Operational Strategy for Implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The document lays out the agency’s broad… Continue Reading

LGMA: An Effective Partnership to Help Prevent Foodborne Illness


The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) has submitted its official comments on the Food Safety Modernization Act’s proposed Produce Safety Rule. The comments focus on a number of suggestions to strengthen the proposed rule, but the most important comment offered by the LGMA presents the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with a solution that… Continue Reading

LGMA Government Food-Safety Audits Continue Through Shutdown


This op-ed originally appeared Oct. 2 on LGMA’s blog. In light of the current environment, in which many federal government operations are shut down due to fiscal constraints, we want to ensure our customers and consumers that government food-safety audits on leafy greens farms continue uninterrupted. It is important to understand that LGMA (California Leafy Greens… Continue Reading

California’s Leafy Greens Producers Want Strong Food-Safety Laws


This editorial was originally published September 12 on the LGMA’s blog. The job of implementing new food-safety legislation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) isn’t getting any easier for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pressure is mounting from some small farmers, foreign producers and consumer activist groups, who each have their own take… Continue Reading