Date: Apr 06, 2021
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Western Growers invites all stakeholders interested in enhancing the safety of leafy greens to engage in the amendment process for food safety guidelines that impact the way leafy greens are farmed in California and Arizona.

Comment Period Open

Since the inception of the California and Arizona Leafy Green Marketing Agreements (LGMAs), Western Growers (WG) 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.

On March 29, 2021, the comment period for issues related to Soil Amendments and Non-Synthetic Crop Treatments (Issues # 7 and # 8 in the guidelines) opened until April 27, 2021. To propose a revision to the guidelines, click on the button below.

PROPOSE A CHANGE

The Process

To facilitate this process, ensure broad industry engagement and transparency, WG, in partnership with the Arizona and California LGMAs, manages a systematic amendment process based on a yearly calendar. The food safety guidelines, adopted by the LGMAs, impact the way leafy greens are farmed in California and Arizona and therefore must be based on credible science balanced with practical field implementation.

Proposed changes must meet LGMA criteria to be considered. Proposals should be 1) comprehensive, 2) accompanied by a statement on how proposed changes will enhance food safety, and 3) include a clear and straightforward scientific basis or rationale, including citations of relevant research if available.

WG invites all stakeholders interested in enhancing the safety of leafy greens to engage in this process.

CLICK HERE TO PROPOSE A CHANGE.

For additional information, contact WG’s Science department at wgscience@wga.com.

WG Staff Contact

Sonia Salas
Assistant Vice President, Food Safety, Science & Technology
949-885-2251

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