June 12th, 2020 – Field Sanitation

Greg Komar, CA LGMA

This document contains the CA LGMA’s proposals and comments to the Field Sanitation section.

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May 27th, 2020 – Field Sanitation

Teressa Lopez, AZ LGMA

In this document, the AZ LGMA proposes consolidating similar bullet points, transferring best practice bullet points into SOP’s, and created new suggested language to different areas of emphasis. The key areas of modification are Harvest Equipment and Tools SOP, Harvest Containers, and Food Packaging Materials.

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May 4th, 2020 – Water Amendment

Greg Komar, CA LGMA

In the accompanying document, you will find suggested changes to be made to the LGMA-accepted food safety practices in the area of agricultural water (specifically related to drip and furrow irrigation and application of chemicals). The document includes new best practice language, enhancements to sampling requirements for system-based water use, enhancements to the post-harvest water section, and a new section for chemical water application water.

*This document is a revised version of the April 7, 2020 submission from Greg Komar with the CA LGMA.

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May 4th, 2020 – Water Amendment

Teressa Lopez, AZ LGMA

The accompanying document includes comments and suggestions on chemical compatibility, physical disinfection, on farm practices regarding harvest and post-harvest contact, and more.

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May 4th, 2020 – Water Amendment

Amanda Brooks, Yuma Safe Produce Council

This proposal provides notes and suggestions on chemical compatibility, agricultural water treatment, document consistency, and root cause analysis.

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May 4th, 2020 – Water Amendment

Paul Monadragon, Ag Partners SW

The document suggests including additional components within the metrics that make clear (more clear) that UV is an equally acceptable approach to be used.

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May 4th, 2020 – Water Amendment

Lacy Litten, Innovation Produce
The focus of this proposal is on agricultural water systems, sourced mainly from Type A wells commonly found in the Santa Maria and Salinas Valleys. While Type A well water likely carries the lowest risk, the most recent metrics revision only gives a snapshot of water quality through initial and routine testing. The proposal suggests allowing monthly water sampling to verify water quality throughout the entire growing season. There are no proposed changes to Type B water nor B->A water.

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May 4th, 2020 – Water Amendment

Jeremy Vanderzyl, Duncan Family Farms
This proposal includes a request to change the current treatment and sampling metrics to remove the rigidity of compliance and instead focus water sampling as a tool to developing risk assessments and allow for flexibility in the treatment process.

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April 7th, 2020 – Water Amendment

Greg Komar, CA LGMA
In the accompanying document, you will find suggested changes to be made to the LGMA-accepted food safety practices in the area of agricultural water (specifically related to drip and furrow irrigation and application of chemicals). The document includes new best practice language, enhancements to sampling requirements for system-based water use, enhancements to the post-harvest water section, and a new section for chemical water application water.

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Mark Shakespeare – Walmart Inc.

2020-04-23T09:14:54-07:00April 23rd, 2020|

a) Furrow irrigation – require an addition to irrigation records that notes that furrow irrigation water did not come into contact with the edible portion of the crop if applied < 21 days before harvest.
b) Furrow irrigation – if furrow irrigation water does contact edible portion of the crop < 21 days before harvest, then this would trigger corrective actions (irrespective of the water quality microbiological test results).

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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.

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 – June 11th, 2020
    • Field Sanitation– June 24th, 2020
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    • Water – up to June 14th, 2020
    • Field Sanitation – up to June 27th, 2020

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