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One Rotten Apple

In Poor Richard’s Almanac, Benjamin Franklin took a turn on a phrase and said, “The rotten Apple spoils his companion.” In his choice of the personal pronoun, Franklin makes it clear he’s not talking strictly about fruit. In this spirit, two recent studies bring to mind the cost of one person’s potential negative impact on others.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency Announces Preharvest Testing Option for Romaine Imports

Yesterday 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. The requirements apply to romaine lettuce grown in four California counties: Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito and Monterey.

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Where were you when ...?

When President Kennedy was shot? On 9/11? For produce people: When the FDA issued the "do not eat" spinach order in 2006?


New Compliance Officer Alyssa Licata Brings Fresh Perspective and Skill set to LGMA

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) has a new Compliance Officer.


What’s Behind LGMA’s Preharvest Testing Requirement

At its last meeting, the LGMA Board voted unanimously to require its members to conduct preharvest testing of product grown in fields where elevated risk factors may be present. I’m not sure if people realize what a significant action this is when it comes to leafy greens safety and what a tremendous commitment it is for lettuce farmers.

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Pathogen testing: A positive test can be a positive thing

Though no one wants a positive when testing for pathogens when it happens this can be very helpful in understanding how the pathogen found its way to the farm. And that information is what will help us find real solutions.

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