Farmers Appreciate Leafy Green Marketing Agreement
September 14, 2017
Leafy Green Marketing Agreement Raises Bar
By Jessica Theisman, Associate Editor
The Leafy Green Marketing Agreement took huge steps in the advancement of food safety.
Scott Horsfall, CEO of the California of the Leafy Green Marketing Agreement, said, “In 2007, there had never been government inspectors on the farm on a routine basis related to food safety.”
Many other regulators such as the Department of Public Health would often check in on businesses. However, there had never been a routine food safety oversight program on the farm.
Farmers joined this agreement voluntarily. “All of these companies that have joined, and been in the program since 2007, they do so voluntarily, and they pay the freight,” Horsfall said. This raises the bar for food safety and provides value to the industry.
Farmers, who were wary at first, came back to Horsfall saying, “They sleep better at night knowing that they've got this program in place, that the auditors are going to be there.”
The California Leafy Green Marketing Agreement continues to improve. Every year, the numbers are studied to see what areas have a continuing problem.
“We have used that to decide what to create in a training program. We hope that we're helping the industry to better comply with these standards as we go along too, by offering the training,” Horsfall said.
For more information, visit the California Leafy Green Marketing Agreement web page.