The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) board has recommended new preharvest testing guidance in an effort to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks associated with leafy greens. 

The guidance asks for preharvest testing of leafy greens products when deemed necessary by risk agreements, specifically when grown in proximity to animals. 

In addition to the Preharvest Testing Guidance document, the LGMA board announced several other updates to food safety standards currently being developed by its Technical Committee, which are expected to become requirements in the months ahead. Projects currently under development include an adjacent land risk tool, a root-cause analysis requirement for high-risk food safety incidents, and a major revision to existing standards for soil amendments and crop inputs.