Safe produce begins in the field, so our growing, harvesting and packing operations implement “Good Agricultural Practices” programs accepted by the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) in both California and Arizona. Our certification by LGMA, operating with oversight from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, entails yearly audits, monthly audits and ongoing self-audits to ensure safe produce in five key areas: general, environmental assessments, water use, soil amendments, and work practices and field observations.
Food safety requires commitment, constant vigilance and increasingly stringent standards. To meet and exceed these standards, we added a food safety director and additional staff to our food safety department. This team contributed to writing the industry guideline publication, “Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Lettuce and Leafy Greens Supply Chain.”
Our Commitment to Food Safety Through the LGMA
Being an LGMA member means a making a commitment to put food safety first.
- It is about frequent inspection and re-inspection to ensure the right thing is being done one hundred percent of the time.
- It is about mandatory government oversight and corrective actions.
- It is about best practices based on sound science with real penalties for those who don't comply.
- It is about establishing a culture of food safety on the farm to protect public health.
Since 2007, over 250 billion servings of leafy greens produced by California and Arizona LGMA members have been consumed---and to date nearly 3,000 audits have been conducted of California leafy greens growers and shippers.