The 2020-21 Calendar

Western Growers supports the continuous improvement of the LGMA-approved leafy green food safety guidelines. Western Growers maintains a Master Calendar to facilitate a systematic amendment process. On January 9, 2020 Western Growers published the 2020-2021 calendar. This year the first topics for review include agricultural water and field sanitation.

While Western Growers publishes a Master Calendar to facilitate an organized review of the complete LGMA-approved leafy green food safety guidelines. stakeholders are free to leave comments and propose changes on any area of the document even if it is not currently being reviewed.

LGMA-approved guidelines

View all current proposed changes and comments on the Submissions page.

Upcoming Events & Dates:

  • Propose a Change – Comment Period Open Now!
    • Water – April 6th – May 4th, 2020
    • Field Sanitation– May 4th – June 12th, 2020
    • Soil Amendments – October 2020
    • CAFOs – April 2021
    • Other Sections – October 2021
  • Join a Web Discussion
    • Water Part 1 – May 14th, 2020
    • Water Part 2 – May 22nd, 2020
    • Water Part 3 – June 4th, 2020
    • Water Part 4 – TBD
    • Field Sanitation– June 17th, 2020 (susceptible to change)
  • Leave a Comment
    • Water – up to June 14th, 2020
    • Field Sanitation – up to June 27th, 2020

Participate in the Process

Propose a change to the guidelines or visit our Submissions Page to review submitted proposals and leave comments.

Propose Change

About the Leafy Green Food Safety Guidelines Amendment Process

Since the inception of the California and Arizona Leafy Green Marketing Agreements (LGMAs), Western Growers (WG) has been at the forefront of developing and revising the written “Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production and Harvest of Lettuce and Leafy Greens” – for the leafy greens industry in both states.

As an industry leader in produce safety, WG remains committed to driving the evolution of guidance for preventive food safety programs in leafy greens as well as other commodities.

To facilitate this process, ensure broad industry engagement and issue complete transparency, WG, in direct partnership with the Arizona and California LGMAs, manages a systematic amendment process based on a yearly calendar. The food safety guidelines, adopted by the LGMAs, impact the way leafy greens are farmed in California and Arizona and therefore must be based on credible science balanced with practical field implementation.

Proposed changes must meet LGMA criteria to be considered. Proposals should be 1) comprehensive, auditable by government auditors, 2) accompanied by a statement on how proposed changes will enhance food safety, and 3) include a clear and straightforward scientific basis or rationale, including citations of relevant research if available.

WG invites all stakeholders interested in leafy greens food safety practices to engage in this process.

The Process

Western Growers Association receives proposed changes and/or comments based on the Master Calendar. The Master Calendar provides a timeframe of all announced comment periods and web discussions.

After each discussion and comment period, WG will summarize and present all materials (suggestions, changes, comments, attendance records, etc.) to both the Arizona LGMA Technical Subcommittee and California LGMA Technical Committee. If approved by their respective committees, both the Arizona and California’s LGMAs then use the materials supplied by WG to update documents and procedures.

The Entire Process at a Glance

From the time a comment period opens to the time a proposed change may become official and included in the Leafy Green Guidelines.Western Growers only facilitates STEPS 1 and 2.
STEPS 3 and 4 are executed by the AZ or CA LGMAs.

Step 1

Stay Informed
Receive updates and other news related to the leafy green guidelines, comment periods, web discussions and key LGMA meetings by joining our mailing list. To subscribe, please contact us or email us.

Step 2

Check Our Master Calendar
For timelines on upcoming events and discussions.

Step 3

Propose a Change or Leave Comments
Access our Submissions Page to do so.

Step 4

Participate
Provide input during web discussions and before any proposals are submitted to the Arizona and California LGMAs.

Facts About Western Growers Amendment Process

  • Western Growers engages a comprehensive distribution list that includes growers, shippers, handlers, suppliers, universities, buyers, and all entities interested in this review process. Subscribers receive updates about the process, including reminders about web-based discussions. To be added or removed from the list, please contact us or email us at WGSciTech@wga.com.

  • Prior to scheduled discussions, Western Growers opens a 30-day comment period for each area of discussion. During that time changes may be proposed and comments on proposed changes or the existing standards may be submitted. Proposed changes must meet LGMA criteria for consideration.

  • The process is based on LGMA criteria. Proposals must:

    1. be comprehensive and auditable by government auditors,
    2. be 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. If needed, WG may contact proponents of these changes for additional information.
  • Once the comment period closes, Western Growers hosts web-based meetings to present and facilitate a discussion of all proposed changes and comments. These web discussions are a key step in the process allowing stakeholders to share different perspectives, discuss practical considerations, and support or speak against proposed changes. It is all part of an open, collaborative and transparent vetting process.

  • Western Growers engages a comprehensive distribution list that includes growers, shippers, handlers, suppliers, universities, buyers, and all entities interested in this review process. Subscribers receive updates about the process, including reminders about web-based discussions. To be added or removed from the list, please contact us or email us at WGSciTech@wga.com.

  • Comments on proposed changes are accepted before, during and up to two weeks after each web-based meeting.

Please send comments, questions and feedback about this website and/or the WGA’s amendment process to the WGA’s Science & Technology Team.

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