Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA)

The Leafy Greens Greens Marketing Agreements in California and Arizona have been amended by their Advisory Boards to require additional safety practices for growing leafy greens such as romaine lettuce in the two states that grow the vast majority of it.

The additional safety measures follow costly and embarrassing outbreaks
Continue Reading Tougher safety provisions added to leafy greens agreements in key states

Livestock operations with lettuce fields as neighbors may soon be getting visits, welcome or not, from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, plans to introduce the Expanded Food Safety Inspection Act. Her bill gives FDA the power to chase down the source of pathogen
Continue Reading Gillibrand bill empowers FDA to chase down sources of food borne illnesses to wherever they go

CHICAGO — The Food Safety Summit produced some polite discussion Wednesday, but no clamor for bringing back the Microbiological Data Program (MDP) to test more fresh produce before it reaches consumers. The MDP, about $5 million of annual federal funding for state agricultural laboratories to test fruits and vegetables at
Continue Reading Produce experts say preventive strategies are more valuable than testing

Only two more Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules remain to be finalized. Final rules for Sanitary Transportation and Intentional Adulteration are due out next spring. But with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) release last week of final FSMA rules on Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification, and Accredited
Continue Reading Letter From the Editor: A ‘Herculean Accomplishment’