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COVID 19 Coronavirus Prevention: A Dozen Things to Know About Leafy Greens

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.

FDA’S 2020 Leafy Greens Action Plan

The leafy greens farming communities in California and Arizona welcome any action that helps prevent future foodborne illness outbreaks associated with our products. We value the support of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as detailed in its 2020 Leafy Greens Action Plan

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FMI Food Safety Priorities for 2020 Include Leafy Green Safety

In the wake of recent foodborne illness outbreaks linked to produce items like leafy greens, food retailers and wholesalers continue to prioritize the health and safety of their customers. The FMI recently issued its Food Safety Priorities for 2020.

The LGMA is pleased to see certification in our program included in the recommendations provided by FMI which you can read here. We applaud the thorough review conducted by this organization to provide their membership with the most updated information possible. The LGMA is in agreement that more needs to be done and we value our continued relationship with this organization.

Search for a new Compliance Officer

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement is accepting bids for a new Compliance Officer. See attached RFP for more details.

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All Hands On Deck: Efforts Underway to Prevent Future Outbreaks

As public health agencies last week called an end to the latest e. Coli outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce from Salinas, the leafy greens community, government regulators and the entire produce industry continue efforts on multiple fronts to prevent future outbreaks.

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As Romaine Outbreak is Declared Over, LGMA Steps Up Efforts to Improve Safety

The U.S. CDC and FDA have declared e. Coli outbreaks associated with romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, CA region over and the agencies have lifted the consumer advisory. In a statement, the FDA said there is no longer a need for consumers to avoid romaine lettuce from Salinas. Since the consumer advisory was first issued on November 21, 2019 California leafy greens farmers have taken action to prevent future outbreaks.

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