At the heart of the LGMA is a set of food safety practices that are implemented on leafy greens farms and verified through government audit. Working with University and industry scientists, food safety experts, government officials, farmers, shippers and processors, the LGMA created this unique science-based food safety system to protect public health by reducing potential sources of contamination and establishes a culture of food safety on the farm.
The LGMA food safety practices, or Metrics, are updated periodically according to new science. Most recently, the Metrics were updated to fully align with the federal Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The latest version of the Metrics can be found in the downloads section below.
The food safety practices cover several areas, including:
Member companies are required to have a complete food safety compliance plan, an up-to-date
list of growers, and a written trace back program.
Pre-season and pre-harvest assessments are required to make sure conditions that can affect food safety, such as animal intrusions, flooding, proximity to animal feeding operations, etc. are not present, or have been properly mitigated.
Extensive testing and record-keeping for all sources of water used in the production of leafy greens is required.
Extensive testing, certification and record keeping for soil amendments, including compost and fertilizers, are required by the program.
5.WORK PRACTICES AND FIELD OPERATIONS
Field audits verify that farmers are in compliance with the program’s requirements in the areas of worker practices and field sanitation.
The LGMA food safety practices are grounded in the latest food safety science, and are updated as new research and information becomes available.