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LGMA Training Video Features Foodborne Illness Victims

A new food safety video for California farm workers features the stories of foodborne illness victims. Together, STOP Foodborne Illness and California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) produced a video that will be used during training for workers who produce leafy greens in California. It features the stories of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush –… Continue Reading

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

Opinion

(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

USDA Rejects National Leafy Green Safety Program with Unexpected Timing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced it would not move forward with a proposal by the leafy greens industry to create the National Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (NLGMA). First proposed more than four years ago, the initiative would have created a nationally recognized standard for safely growing leafy salad greens modeled after the… Continue Reading

LGMA: An Effective Partnership to Help Prevent Foodborne Illness

Opinion

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

FDA’s Proposed Produce Rule: A War on Farmers

Opinion

The deadline for comments on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Produce Safety Rule is Nov. 15, 2013. This was probably supposed to be the easiest and most straightforward of the rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). It may be that FDA fell into the trap of a well-worn groove in designing… Continue Reading

Last of Canada’s E. coli Victims Discharged From Hospital

Not a single E. coli O157:H7 outbreak can be considered a good one, but when everyone recovers it is about as good as it gets. And that’s how Canada’s January E. coli outbreak –sourced to California lettuce– is ending. “The last patient was discharged,” John Gillis, media relations advisor for the Capital Health District Authority… Continue Reading