Food Safety Practices

LGMA Food Safety Practices

At the heart of LGMA is a set of food safety practices that are implemented on leafy greens farms throughout the state and verified through frequent government audits. Working collaboratively with university and industry scientists, food safety experts, government officials, farmers, shippers and processors, the LGMA created this unique and rigorous science-based food safety system that protects public health by reducing potential sources of contamination and establishes a culture of food safety on the farm.

About the LGMA Food Safety Program

Food Safety Downloads

LGMA Accepted Food Safety Practices

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LGMA Accepted Food Safety Practices (Spanish/Espańol)

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LGMA accepted Food Safety Practices - Appendix A

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LGMA accepted Food Safety Practices - Appendix B

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LGMA accepted Food Safety Practices - Appendix C

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LGMA accepted Food Safety Practies - Appendix Z

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Audit Checklist Downloads

Compliance Audit Checklist

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Unannouced Audit Checklist

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The food safety practices cover five key areas:

1.General Requirements

Member companies are required to have a complete food safety compliance plan, an up-to-date
list of growers, and a written trace back program.

2.Environmental Assessments

Pre-season and pre-harvest assessments are required to make sure conditions that can affect food safety, such as animal intrusions, flooding, proximity to animal feeding operations, etc. are not present, or have been properly mitigated.

3.Water Use

Extensive testing and record-keeping for all sources of water used in the production of leafy greens is required.

4.Soil Amendments

Extensive testing, certification and record keeping for soil amendments, including compost and fertilizers, are required by the program.

5.WORK PRACTICES AND FIELD OPERATIONS

Field audits verify that farmers are in compliance with the program’s requirements in the areas of worker practices and field sanitation.

The LGMA food safety practices are grounded in the latest food safety science, and are updated as new research and information becomes available.