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Canadian Food Inspection Agency Announces Pre-Harvest Testing Option for Romaine Imports

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced it will accept either pre-harvest or finished product testing as part of its requirements for importing romaine lettuce into Canada between September 30 and December 31, 2021.m The California LGMA has recently developed and approved specific protocols for preharvest testing of leafy greens that its members are required to follow. The protocols have been reviewed by CFIA and were a factor in their decision to allow the preharvest testing option.

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CA LGMA Mandates Risk-Based Pre-Harvest Testing

The LGMA food safety program will now require members to assess each of their fields to determine if certain risks such as proximity to animal operations exist. For fields that meet these criteria, LGMA members will be required to collect product samples and test them to determine if pathogens are present.

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CA LGMA Endorses Pre-Harvest Testing to Reduce Outbreaks

The California LGMA Board endorsed new Pre-Harvest Testing guidance in an effort to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks associated with leafy greens. The guidance calls for pre-harvest testing of leafy greens products when risk assessments deem it necessary, specifically when grown in proximity to animals.

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California LGMA Welcomes New Board Members and Bids Farewell to former CEO Scott Horsfall

Several new members have been added to the Board of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA). The LGMA Board met last week to welcome new members, elect officers, and bid farewell to its former CEO Scott Horsfall who retired in February after 13 years of leadership with the organization.

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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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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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