ABOUT THE PROCESS - Nine things you need to know

The steps below provide an overview of the amendment process. WG primarily contributes to the first two steps. Western Growers acts as a facilitator in the process of receiving, reviewing and discussing proposed changes in a manner that allows both CA and AZ Technical Groups and Boards to have all the necessary information in making an informed decision.

COMPLETE PROCESS - AT GLANCE
Western Growers only facilitates STEPS 1 & 2. STEPS 3 & 4 are executed by the LGMAs in each state

STEP 1.Proposed changes and/ or comments are gathered, reviewed and submitted for consideration and discussion.

STEP 2. Proposed changes and/or comments are presented to the Technical Groups in Arizona and California for review and consideration.

STEP 3. All Considered changes by these Technical groups are sent to the Arizona and/or California for review and final approval.

STEP 4. If any changes are approved, they become official. The leafy green document (s) and/or audit checklist are updated and distributed to interested parties

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. Western Growers maintains a master calendar to facilitate web discussions aimed at reviewing Leafy Green Guidance Documents in a section by section sequence (See Master Calendar - attached below).

2. Western Growers engages a comprehensive distribution list that includes growers, shippers, handlers, suppliers, universities and all entities interested in this review process. Subscribers receive reminders and updates about current and upcoming web discussions and related matters. To be added or removed from the list, contact Scott Nichols at snichols@wga.com.

3. Prior to scheduled web discussions, Western Growers opens a 30-day comment period. Proposed changes must meet LGMA criteria for consideration. Proposals should be 1) comprehensive, auditable by government auditors, 2) accompanied by a statement on how proposed changes will advance or enhance food safety, and 3) include a clear and straightforward scientific basis or rationale including citations of relevant research if available.

4. The acceptance of proposed changes occurs during this 30-day comment period. If needed, WG may contact proponents of these changes for additional information. WG gathers feedback from all the parties interested in this process once all the proposed changes are collected.

5. For proposed changes, suggestions and comments, email snichols@wga.com or contact us via the website.

6. After gathering proposed changes, comments and suggestions, Western Growers provides an opportunity for additional comments and web-based meetings in an effort to minimize travel to diverse locations in California and Arizona. The presentation of proposed changes and comments for discussion takes place during these web-based meetings.

7. Western Growers collects and records all recommended revisions and comments gathered after each discussion and sends them to all the web-based meeting participants to confirm these were captured correctly.

8. Western Growers then presents all materials (suggestions, changes, comments, attendance records, etc.) to both California and Arizona LGMAs for their consideration.

9. Arizona and California LGMAs may act upon materials supplied by WG as they each deem appropriate.

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