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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.

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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.

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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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Dr. Bob Honored with LGMA’s Golden Checkmark Award

As people and organizations throughout the produce industry say goodbye to Bob Whitaker, who announced he will be retiring at the end of the year, the LGMA would be remiss if we didn’t recognize his many years of dedicated service in our own way. And so, during a reception at this year’s Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit, we presented Bob with our highest honor – the LGMA’s Golden Checkmark Award.

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FDA Deputy Commissioner Reviews New Requirements for California Irrigation Water

Efforts by the leafy greens industry to strengthen mandatory food safety requirements for irrigation water were recently seen firsthand by U.S. Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner of Food Policy & Response Frank Yiannas. As part of a visit to California’s Salinas Valley last week...

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