"Food safety is a top priority for the member companies who make up the LGMA
," stressed Horsfall.
spokeswoman said: "Each individual will deal with each local authority on it.
Due to food safety concerns, essentially all of California's leafy greens are produced and marketed under the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA
Much can be learned by FDA from studying both the LGMA
experience, and from the experience of retailers that are in the process of implementing HACCP-type systems at the farm level.
(34) Many produce groups supporting the establishment of a national marketing agreement further want Congress to consider viewing the LGMA
as "an instructive example for how to proceed" with the development of new food safety rules and regulations.
proposed putting in place a set of minimum requirements (or "metrics") that all market participants would agree to meet to sell their produce.
"We put a system in place that would verify through mandatory government inspections that farmers and shippers were following good food-safety practices," says LGMA
executive director Scott Horsfall.
Additionally, retail grocers that carry leafy green products from certified California LGMA
members provide customers with the assurance that those leafy greens have been grown and harvested according to science-based food safety practices.
In addition to its Observer status, whereby ICLEI acts on behalf of Local Government facilitating dialogue with national governments and the UNFCCC Secretariat (http://www.iclei.org/climate-roadmap), ICLEI acts as the international Local government Climate Roadmap facilitator and is the Local Government and Municipal Authorities (LGMA
) Constituency Focal Point of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA
) has issued its first status report, detailing all audit findings from July through December 2007, as well as other actions undertaken since LGMA
To help ease consumer worries--and to forestall any new federal or state regulations--the salad packagers created the "Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement" (LGMA