The leafy green guidance documents (Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production and Harvest of Lettuce and Leafy Greens) utilized by the Leafy Green Marketing Agreements (LGMAs) in California and Arizona were developed by university, industry scientists, food safety experts, farmers, shippers and processors. They have served to establish a unique system for leafy green growers in California and Arizona.

These guidance documents have been improved over the years and continue to incorporate new science and changes that are needed to ensure the guidance is clear, practical and implementable for industry. Western Growers (WG) has played and continues to play a key role facilitating the maintenance of these leafy green guidance documents; WG is committed to being as supportive as possible in the ongoing improvement and maintenance of these documents.

It is our desire to be responsive to both members and LGMA leadership and as open, transparent and accessible to industry as possible. Our overarching goal is to provide guidance that is as protective as possible (based on established risk and science) verifiable in the field and practical for growers and handlers.

WG has tried different methods to improve the document, including:

  • A “wiki” page for online discussions and input
  • Comments and suggestions via email
  • Suggestions in person or by phone from members and others
  • Facilitating numerous industry meetings in varying areas of California and Arizona
  • Hosting focus groups covering timely topics

While we have managed to improve the document(s) using these methods, we recognized our efforts can be enhanced by utilizing a systematic review process.

WG is supportive of a clear, open, and useful process for developing leafy green guidance documents for Arizona and California. As facilitators in the maintenance of the leafy green guidance documents, we have developed a new process which we believe will be more intuitive, accessible and transparent. To further enhance coordination and collaboration, we welcome your comments, questions and feedback. We look forward to your participation and a lively discussion.

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