The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA), operating with oversight from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), is a mechanism for verifying that growers follow food safety practices for lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens. Over 100 farmers, shippers and processors, representing approximately 99% of the volume of California leafy greens, have demonstrated their willingness to follow these practices by voluntarily signing onto the Marketing Agreement. Once the Marketing Agreement is signed, it becomes mandatory for those shippers and processors to purchase product solely from farmers who comply with the food safety practices accepted by the LGMA Board.
Signatories of the LGMA fall into one of three categories:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requires that leafy green products imported from California be handled by an certified member of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement. More details on this requirement can be found on the CFIA website.