CA Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement New Membership Sign Up Due April 1

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) is currently accepting sign-up forms from new signatories for the2020/21 fiscal year. Since 2007, handlers of California lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens have protected public health by establishing a culture of food safety on the farm through the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement. Buyers of leafy green products look for LGMA certification to see if their suppliers are certified LGMA members; additionally, both Canada and Mexico have regulations in place allowing imports of leafy greens only from LGMA-certified companies.

To participate in the LGMA program from April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021, handlers must submit a sign-up form to the LGMA office by end of day on April 1, 2020. The form can be downloaded by clicking here.

The LGMA has two sign-up periods: at the beginning of its fiscal year (deadline of April 1st) and halfway through its fiscal year (deadline of October 1st). The April 1st deadline is timely for companies in the Salinas region, while the October 1st deadline accommodates handlers in other regions of the state like the Imperial and San Joaquin Valleys. Current members do not need to sign up again.

Handlers who would like to join the LGMA should verify that they meet the LGMA’s definition of a handler and that they handle at least one of the leafy green products covered under the LGMA program. The LGMA defines a handler as: Any person or entity that handles, processes, ships, or distributes leafy green product for market, whether as owner, agent, employee, broker, or otherwise. This definition does not include retailers or companies that grow, but do not market product.

The leafy green products covered by the LGMA are:

arugula, chard, iceberg lettuce, spinach, baby leaf lettuce, endive, kale, spring mix, butter lettuce, escarole, red leaf lettuce, cabbage, green leaf lettuce, and romaine lettuce

Prospective members should contact Amarachi Okemiri, Member Services + LGMA Tech Director to receive the Membership Information sheet before filling out and returning the sign-up form. Once enrolled in the program, members are subject to compliance audits conducted by California Department of Food and Agriculture inspectors. The goal of these audits is to verify that handlers and their growers comply with the accepted Food Safety Practices of the LGMA. New LGMA Members will be subject to assessment payments on all California grown leafy greens handled by the company during the period of April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021.

Contact Amarachi Okemiri, Member Services + LGMA Tech Director, or Brooke Palmer, Executive Assistant, with any questions. Email: amarachi@lgma.ca.gov or brooke@lgma.ca.gov. Call the office at 916-441-1240.

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