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California LGMA decertifies member

California LGMA logo with committed to safe leafy greens slogan.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 — Salinas, CA: LGMA BB #:210653 members work to provide the safest leafy greens on the market through a rigorous set of food safety practices that are verified by audits conducted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

However, if a company is found to be out of compliance with the food safety standards the program can “decertify” a member. Although this happens rarely, California LGMA and the California Department of Food and Agriculture recently decertified a member company.

The LGMA audit verifies compliance with over 500 food safety check points. LGMA members are required to be 100% in compliance, that means that if an audit identifies a non-conformity the member must submit corrective actions to the LGMA Compliance Officer.

If a company fails to demonstrate full compliance, they are subject to decertification.

Decertification means that a company cannot present themselves as a certified LGMA member, nor use the LGMA Service Mark. Government agencies and produce buyers rely on LGMA certification for supplier verification. Loss of certification potentially means a loss of sales, including product being turned away from international borders.

An up-to-date list of LGMA members and their certification status is available on our website.

About California LGMA: The California LGMA is a food safety program that brings farmers together to make lettuce and leafy greens safer. LGMA members produce over 70% of the Nation’s lettuce and leafy greens – adding up to over 30 billion servings a year. In an effort to provide consumers with safe leafy greens, the California LGMA verifies food safety practices, enforces through government audits and requires a commitment to continuous improvement.
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Contact: April Ward
Phone: 916-947-0751