New Resource for Leafy Greens Food Safety at Home
Food safety Education Month
Food safety begins on the farm, but it doesn’t end there. This is something we say a lot at the California LGMA. And, it’s true. That’s why we have created a brand new website (just in time for Food Safety Education month) designed to show what farmers in California are doing every day to make sure leafy greens are grown safely: www.safeleafygreens.org
The new site provides simple information on how consumers can safely shop, store and prepare leafy greens. It also has some great information on the nutritional content of your favorite leafy greens varieties.
Designed for dietitians and consumers
We know that many retail grocery stores and foodservice operations offer their customers information and advice about health and safety issues. This website is a resource for whatever a consumer might want to know about leafy greens safety and nutrition. It includes information about everything from food safety at home to the story of how leafy greens go from the farm to the plate.
The website includes safe handling information from the Partnership for Food Safety Education. We’ve also developed consumer-friendly videos that specifically show how to safely shop for leafy greens and provide step-by-step instructions on how to clean, prepare and store leafy greens at home to prevent foodborne illness.
Leafy Greens: from Farm to Fork
We want consumers and health professionals to understand a bit about what goes into growing leafy greens. California produces about 70 percent of the leafy greens grown in the United States. People should know about the LGMA food safety program, which verifies through mandatory government audits that leafy greens farmers in California are following a set of science-based food safety practices on their farms.
We’ve also worked with a registered dietitian, using USDA data, to provide a comprehensive guide to the nutritional content of the different leafy greens varieties produced under the LGMA food safety program. To our knowledge, this is the first time this information has been available in one easy-to-use spot.
The site features a blog which will bring readers information related to leafy greens and food safety or nutrition. Retail and foodservice dietitians can also sign up to receive quarterly e-updates.
Explore and Share
So, please check out www.safeleafygreens.org now! We encourage you to share it with your friends and customers – that’s what it’s for. The farmers who make up the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement are proud of their product. They want you to know about their commitment to food safety and to give you the facts you need to make sure leafy greens stay safe all the way to your table.