Updated: December 4, 2019
The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement is a food safety program that works to ensure a set of science-based practices are followed on leafy greens farms. Required practices are verified by mandatory government audits that include 160 food safety checkpoints. Each LGMA member is audited an average of 5 times per year by government officials with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and must be in 100% compliance with all food safety practices to qualify as a certified member of the LGMA.
Some 99 percent of the leafy greens in California are grown under this stringent food safety program. The LGMA and its members are committed to the continuous improvement of food safety practices to produce safe leafy greens.
The LGMA encourages consumers to look for Harvest Location Labels on packages of romaine which indicate the region where the product was grown.
All harvest and shipping of romaine grown in Salinas has ceased and fields that remained to be harvested have been plowed under by growers.
Leafy greens farmer and chairman of the LGMA explains how he’s impacted by outbreaks.
Leafy greens farmer and chairman of the LGMA says the industry is committed to improvement.
CEO of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement explains how consumers can identify romaine that is safe for consumption.
CEO of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement says industry hopes to learn from recent outbreaks.
Footage of California romaine harvest.
Consumer Advisory Map
Leafy greens production map showing growing areas included in the consumer advisory.