Leafy greens community working cooperatively to provide assurances about safety of romaine from wint

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has amended the advisoryfrom last week so that shipments of romaine can resume to grocery stores and restaurants. Farming companies and government agencies have agreed to new labeling on packaging which include “harvested after” dates so it is clear to consumers the romaine they purchase is not associated with the current outbreak. This new romaine labeling will also indicate growing regions that were not harvesting romaine during the October outbreak timeframe. We are hopeful this effort will assure consumers and our customers that romaine they buy from here on out is not involved in the outbreak. On behalf of LGMA members in California and Arizona

Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement and produce groups respond to protect consumers in romaine outbreak

In light of today’s announcement by government health agencies in the U.S. and Canada of an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine, a group of produce industry associations (listed below) is relying on producers and retail/restaurant customers to support the government health agency advisories and is urging an industry-wide voluntary withdrawal of all romaine currently in marketing channels and held in inventory. Food safety is our top priority. We must take swift action to protect consumers by stopping shipment of romaine lettuce and withdrawing any product that has been shipped to retail stores or restaurants. We are echoing the government health agencies’ advice to consumers, restaurants and

Meet the Farmer - Steve Alameda / Top Flavor Farms

What do you grow on your farm? You name it! I grow it! Escarole, spring mix, cabbage, romaine, butter lettuce, arugula, iceberg lettuce, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, baby leaf lettuce, spinach, kale, and chard. What is your family’s favorite Leafy Greens vegetable? It’s hard for me to pick a favorite leafy green vegetable – kind of like choosing a favorite child. We used to have a love affair with iceberg, but our tastes have definitely evolved over the years. My children, all grown adults, tend to branch out more with foods in general. They love all kinds of leafy greens, and they’re probably a whole lot healthier. What is the biggest challenge you face every day? One of my bigges

Arizona’s Leafy Greens industry is ready for a safe and successful harvest season

Coalition pushes forward on improving science-based food safety program during FDA investigation The Arizona Leafy Greens industry has gone to unprecedented lengths to protect the integrity of its produce as it heads into the 2018-2019 season. During the seven months it has taken the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Center for Disease Control to analyze and complete its final investigative report on last spring’s E.coli outbreak, Yuma’s agriculture community has worked collaboratively and tirelessly to ensure the safety of its produce. “Even before the FDA showed up on the ground here in Yuma following the outbreak, we were already working with some of the best and brightest minds i

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