April 23, 2015

LGMA Metrics Comments Due By Tomorrow

Western Growers (WG) continues to support the ongoing improvement, enhancement and strengthening of food safety in the production of leafy greens. WG has established a yearly amendment process to review and update the food safety guidance documents (LGMA metrics) utilized by the Leafy Green Marketing Agreements (LGMAs) in California and Arizona. This year’s review process started on March 20, 2015. The deadline for receiving comments is tomorrow, April 24.

WG will be gathering proposed changes to seven of the 15 issues included in the LGMA metrics. Proposed changes received during this comment period and vetted through this process will be presented to the Arizona and California LGMAs during this summer, likely in July.

Interested parties can participate in this process, but should keep in mind that proposed changes should be:

  • Comprehensive and auditable by government auditors (if they impact the audit checklist);
  • Accompanied by a statement on how proposed changes will advance or enhance food safety, and;
  • Clear and have a straightforward scientific basis or rationale including citations of relevant research if available

Proposed changes may be tracked in the Arizona and California draft documents and can be submitted by email to [email protected] or sent by fax to (949)809-6251.  

Below is a list of the current issues under review:

  • Purpose (Issue 1)
  • Environmental Assessments (Issue 3)
  • Water (Issue 4)
  • Water Usage to Prevent Product Dehydration (Issue 5)
  • Flooding (Issue 12)
  • Production Locations – Climatic Conditions and Environments (Issue 13)
  • Production Locations – Encroachment by Animals and Urban Settings (Issue 14)

For more details and information, join the WG LGMA metrics distribution list by contacting Sonia Salas or by accessing the leafy green community website.