March 2012 UPDATE

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Tue, 03/06/2012 (All day) - Fri, 04/06/2012 (All day)

• A webinar on March 22nd will address an Expert Panel’s proposed language
An Expert Panel formed under a project funded by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program has completed extensive work and developed recommendations for the leafy green guidance document. Western Growers in its continuing effort to reduce any potential issues between food safety and the environment has worked with this group of experts. The purpose of this project is to provide clarification and reduce or eliminate any potential impacts to the environment as the result of implementing best practices aimed at improving food safety. Growers were surveyed, an extensive literature review was conducted and several discussions took place among Expert Panelists and others in order to develop the attached recommendations.

In tracked changes (underlined language reflects new language and strikethrough reflects deleted language) are attached their recommendations. If you have any comments or concerns about the attached document, please send them to Sonia Salas at before this webinar takes place. Proposals from this Expert Panel and any comments from interested parties will be discussed during this webinar. The results of this webinar will be presented to the California LGMA Technical Committee for consideration on April.

To register for this webinar, please access:

• New Comment Period opens March 6th
WG is opening another period to submit proposed changes to the metrics from March 06, 2012 to April 6, 2012. WG is specifically asking for proposed changes to Issues 13 & 14 of the document ( Production Locations). Although we prefer to follow a systematic review of the document by using our Master Schedule; emerging or key issues related to other sections of the document may also be submitted at this time. Proposed changes may be tracked in the attached word document or by accessing this community website.

As a reminder, proposed changes should be 1) comprehensive and auditable by government auditors (if they impact the audit checklist), 2) accompanied by a statement on how proposed changes will advance or enhance food safety, and 3) clear and have a straightforward scientific basis or rationale including citations of relevant research if available.

California GAPS Expert Panel Recommendation 021012 (Updated).pdf161.24 KB
Leafy Green GAPs - Issues 13 & 14.doc171.5 KB
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