On April 19, 2019, the CA LGMA accepted changes to the Water section of the Metrics. These Metrics were updated and the revision accepted on October 24, 2019. The new Metrics and relevant appendices are currently available at LGMA.org and will be posted here soon. Click the link in the section below to do to the download page.
Food Safety Program
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. The latest version of the Metrics can be found in the downloads section below.
The LGMA food safety program uses government audits and requires 100% compliance. The program was designed with a set of checks and balances to ensure leafy greens farmers do all they can to protect public health by establishing a culture of food safety on the farm. See the audit checklist in our resources section below.
Continuous improvement through training and education is a top priority for the LGMA; we require and facilitate training for leafy green shippers, growers and harvest crews throughout California. Get more details and register for courses at www.lgmatech.com.
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.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.
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.