Since the inception of the California and Arizona Leafy Green Marketing Agreements, Western Growers has been at the forefront of developing and revising the written “Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production and Harvest of Lettuce and Leafy Greens” for the leafy greens industry in both states.

The comment period for issues related to Soil Amendments and Non-Synthetic Crop Treatments (Issues #7 and #8 in the guidelines) will close on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Click here to submit your comments.

Sonia Salas

Western Growers has formed a new Food Safety Advisory Subcommittee (FSAS) to bolster its efforts in solving produce safety challenges.

FSAS members will advise the Food Safety Science and Technology Committee, which reports to the WG’s Board of Directors, while providing technical expertise and advice on science issues and industry regulations affecting the safety of fresh produce. Members of FSAS will be abreast of WG’s key food safety efforts and projects and have the opportunity to provide WG’s Science staff with feedback on these endeavors.

Sonia Salas

On April 6, 2021, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released two important documents for leafy green operations.  

The first is an investigative report on the fall 2020 outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to leafy greens’ consumption. In the report, the FDA analyzes outbreaks since 2017 and identifies three key trends leading to the contamination of leafy greens by E. coli O157:H7 in recent years. The full report can be accessed here:

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