2016 Membership Deadline
If you are a handler of leafy green crops who is interested in becoming a member of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, you should know that April 1st is the deadline to submit your sign-up form.
About the LGMA
In 2007, following a tragic outbreak of E. coli that sickened over 200 people, California farmers made an unprecedented commitment to protecting public health through the creation of the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA). The program’s goal is to assure safe leafy greens and confidence in our food safety programs.
At the heart of the LGMA is a set of food safety practices that are implemented on leafy greens farms throughout the state. These practices help protect public health by reducing potential sources of contamination and by establishing a culture of food safety on the farm.
LGMA members are companies that ship and sell California-grown lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens products. Although LGMA membership is not mandatory, once a company decides to join it subjects itself to mandatory government audits provided by USDA-certified, government inspectors. LGMA members are audited multiple times throughout the season and must achieve 100 percent compliance with the LGMA food safety practices.
Handlers who would like to join the LGMA need to verify that they meet the LGMA’s definition of a handler and also that they handle at least one of the leafy green products covered under the LGMA program.
To participate in the program from April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017 they should submit a sign-up form to the LGMA office by end of day on April 1, 2016. The LGMA also has a second sign-up period with a deadline of October 1st, to accommodate handlers in desert regions. Current members do not need to sign up again.