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Response to FDA Final Investigation of 2020 Leafy Green Related Outbreak

The California LGMA has been following closely the findings of FDA’s investigation into an outbreak announced on October 28, 2020. This press release details how the LGMA has already taken action to address these findings and how the organization is urgently working to develop additional measures to prevent contamination throughout leafy greens farming operations.

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California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Announces Tim York As New CEO

Tim York was named as the new Chief Executive Officer of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) during today’s Board of Directors meeting. York will replace Scott Horsfall who is retiring in early 2021.

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New Website "All About Lettuce" for Registered Dietitians and Influencers

This week the LGMA launched a new website created specifically for registered dietitians, influencers, professional food writers and consumers. provides facts about lettuce safety and nutrition.

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Data Shows Lettuce Farmers Are Complying with New Water Requirements

Media reports often incorrectly state that leafy greens farmers are not required to test their water. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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LGMA Issues Traceability Analysis

A survey of member companies operating under the California Leafy Greens shows that producers are capable of quickly tracking product involved in an outbreak or recall.

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Ten Things Being Done to Make Leafy Greens Safer This Fall

In a year of unparalleled tragedies stemming from the pandemic to California wildfires, lettuce farmers in California and Arizona are taking action to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.

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California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Takes Action to Update Food Safety Practices

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Board voted last week to accept over 50 updates to required food safety practices for the farming of leafy greens. These changes strengthen food safety requirements for the production of leafy greens in the areas of Farm Water Use and Field/Equipment Sanitation.

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LGMA Forms Adjacent Lands Subcommittee to Make Romaine Safer

A special new subcommittee has been appointed by the California LGMA to focus on how land adjacent to leafy greens farms may be contributing to foodborne illness outbreaks associated with romaine lettuce. This action is part of a comprehensive review of all existing food safety practices required under the LGMA program.

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Coronavirus Resources

As the U.S. steps up efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the California LGMA is sharing some important facts about lettuce and the practices in place on farms in the area of human hygiene. This page will be updated when new resources are available.

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Leafy Greens Farmers Use Clues from FDA Report to Prevent Future Outbreaks

California leafy greens growers pledge to incorporate findings from the report issued today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into the ongoing process to strengthen required food safety practices on farms that will prevent future outbreaks. In its report of three outbreaks occurring in the Fall of 2019, FDA considers adjacent or nearby land used for cattle grazing as the most likely contributing factor.

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April Ward
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California LGMA

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