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CA leafy greens audits reveal more compliance than citations

Hundreds of audits of California leafy greens operations during the 2015-2016 season found 99.5-percent compliance with industry food safety standards, according to the latest annual report from the Sacramento-based California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA). LGMA reported there were 470 announced and unannounced audits during last year and this year of its approximately 100… Continue Reading

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

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

LGMA Government Food-Safety Audits Continue Through Shutdown

Opinion

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

Opinion

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

California’s LGMA Changes Standards on Animal Intrusion Into Fields

California’s Leafy Green Marketing Agreement announced a “significant change” on Thursday to its standards concerning animal intrusion into fields, according to LGMA CEO Scott Horsfall. Until now, leafy green growers have been advised to take measures to prevent a specific list of risky animals, such as deer or livestock, from intruding into lettuce, spinach and… Continue Reading

My Tour with Foodborne Illness Victims Through the Leafy Greens Industry

Opinion

My life changed forever in June 1996, when my two little sisters were stricken with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating “triple-washed, ready-to-eat” mesclun lettuce. At first, they suffered horrendous cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. While Chelsea soon recovered, Haylee — who was just three years old at the time — fell critically ill with hemolytic… Continue Reading

LGMA Committed to Food Safety Above All Else

Opinion

This article is authored by leadership of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement which includes Ryan Talley of Talley Farms, Chairman; Jamie Strachan of Growers Express, past Chairman; Ron Ratto, Ratto Bros, Vice Chairman; and Victor Tognazzini, Tri Valley Vegetable Harvesting, Secretary. As farmers and producers and as parents and grandparents, food safety is the… Continue Reading

E. coli-Contaminated Lettuce Came from a California LGMA Grower

Update: The lettuce recall described in this article was expanded to include product sold at Canadian Burger King and Pizza Hut locations. First it was just plain old lettuce, then it was California-grown lettuce, and now the latest from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is that was lettuce from a grower who has signed… Continue Reading