With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration declaring the latest E. coli outbreak linked to California romaine as being over, the industry is looking to strengthen safety efforts moving forward. The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) will be conducting a “systemic overhaul” of its food safety practices.
The group will be collaborating with Western Growers and outside experts in reviewing the food safety practices under the agreement. LGMA CEO Scott Horsfall said in a press release that, “the industry is enforcing upon themselves even more stringent food safety requirements than were previously in place through the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.”
The California Department of Food and Agriculture will be hosting a special meeting in Salinas on Tuesday, February 4, to allow industry members to discuss potential research opportunities for evaluating environmental factors which may be contributing to outbreaks of illness.
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