Arizona and California LGMA Programs Meet and Exceed FDA’s Proposed Water Rule

December 8, 2021 LGMA

On December 2, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the release of a proposed revision to Subpart E (Agricultural Water) of the Produce Safety Rule (PSR).   The LGMA Food Safety Programs in Arizona and California have conducted an initial review of FDA’s proposal and have determined that the LGMA requirements appear to meet and exceed what is in the proposed new rule.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Announces Preharvest Testing Option for Romaine Imports

September 16, 2021 California LGMA

“We are pleased with CFIA’s announcement because we strongly believe the preharvest testing option provides several benefits over finished product testing,” said Tim York, CEO of the LGMA.

PRIMUS GROUP, INC. — The Reasonable Moving Target

It is not clear at this point how the recent guidance will affect FDA inspections of non-leafy greens, but one thing is clear: the paradigm for FSMA standards change over time, and the expectations of those standards will likely ever be increasing.

LGMA Votes to Mandate Risk-Based Pre-Harvest Testing

July 13, 2021 LGMA

The Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) Board voted to mandate pre-harvest testing for leafy greens grown in fields where elevated risk factors are present. Specifically, the LGMA food safety program will now require members to assess each of their fields to determine if certain risks such as proximity to animal operations exist.

California LGMA Endorses Pre-Harvest Testing to Reduce Outbreaks

Last week the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) Board endorsed new Pre-Harvest Testing guidance in an effort to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks associated with leafy greens. The guidance calls for pre-harvest testing of leafy greens products when risk assessments deem it necessary, specifically when grown in proximity to animals.