About UsCommitted to Evidence-Based Information

This website is brought to you by the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA). The LGMA is not a typical marketing organization. Our only role is to ensure that farmers are following a set of science-based food safety practices on their farms to prevent foodborne illness.

You Have Questions

This site exists because we know that when lettuce is involved in a foodborne illness outbreak or recall, there are questions and concerns that can create fear about eating this normally healthy food.

We Have Expert Answers

To ensure this website delivers accurate information, we have pulled together a team of experts in nutrition, farming and communication to help answer these questions and provide information about how we grow lettuce, all we are doing to prevent foodborne illness and why lettuce truly is one of the safest and healthiest foods we can feed our families.

Meet Our Advisors

Behind this website is a team of people who are committed to ensuring we provide accurate, credible information backed by facts. They are registered dietitians, nutrition experts, farmers and advocates for consumer health and safety. Meet our team.

Jan Berk COO
San Miguel Produce San Miguel, CA Read Bio
Jan Berk San Miguel Produce San Miguel, CA

Jan is the Chief Operating Officer and co-owner of San Miguel Produce, a leading producer of specialty greens in North America, offering a variety of organic and conventional bulk and fresh-cut greens.

Andrea Chavez Manager
Talley Farms Fresh Harvest San Luis Obispo, CA Read Bio
Andrea Chavez Talley Farms Fresh Harvest San Luis Obispo, CA

Andrea has spent the last 35 years working at various levels in the produce business. In 2012, working with Talley Farms in Arroyo Grande, she created a local, direct-to-consumer farm box program called Talley Farms Fresh Harvest.

Kathleen Chrismer Food Safety Advocate
Las Vegas, NV Read Bio
Kathleen Chrismer Las Vegas, NV

Kathleen’s daughter, Rylee, was sickened in the 2006 e. coli outbreak associated with spinach and she has since become an advocate for those whose lives have been impacted by foodborne illness.

Neva Cochran MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Dallas, TX Read Bio
Neva Cochran Dallas, TX

Award winning registered dietitian nutritionist, Neva Cochran, is a nutrition communications consultant in Dallas, Texas, who partners with food, nutrition and agricultural organizations to promote positive, accurate, scientific-based nutrition messages.

Chris Drew COO
Ocean Mist Farms Castroville, CA Read Bio
Chris Drew Ocean Mist Farms Castroville, CA

Chris is Chief Operations Officer for Ocean Mist Farms where he oversees production and harvesting, food safety, quality assurance, sustainability and post-harvest activities among other duties.

Jessica Foust Chef, RDN
The Food Group Chicago, IL Read Bio
Jessica Foust The Food Group Chicago, IL

As the lead for the Chicago culinary innovation center, she and her team provide research & development expertise to food companies of all sizes from concept to commercialization.

Cara Harbstreet MS, RD
Kansas City, MO Read Bio
Cara Harbstreet Kansas City, MO

Intuitive Eating Registered Dietitian and nationally-recognized food and nutrition expert. Cara serves as a consultant and nutrition communications specialist.

Leah McGrath RD
Ingles Supermarkets Dietitian Ashville, NC Read Bio
Leah McGrath Ingles Supermarkets Dietitian Ashville, NC

Leah is a well-known North Carolina author, radio host, blogger and social media influencer. She is currently the most followed supermarket dietitian in the U.S on Twitter.

Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN President and CEO
Produce for Better Health Foundation St. Louis, MO Read Bio
Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN Produce for Better Health Foundation St. Louis, MO

As the leading force at PBH, Wendy guides the Foundation’s efforts to advance the overall effort of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption for happier, healthier lives.

Dan Sutton General Manager
Pismo-Oceano Vegetable Exchange Oceano, CA Read Bio
Dan Sutton Pismo-Oceano Vegetable Exchange Oceano, CA

Dan is the General Manager of the Pismo Oceano Vegetable Exchange, a non-profit grower-owned cooperative with roots dating back to 1925. Dan also serves as the Chairman of the California LGMA.

Jonathan Valdez MBA, RD
New York, NY Read Bio
Jonathan Valdez New York, NY

Telehealth Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and named Top Pro by Diet Spotlight from 2017-2018. He is a Certified Personal Trainer, with specializations in Gerontological Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Diabetes, Lactation, Weight Loss and Case Management.

Mark Wright Farm Manager
Filice Farms Hollister, CA Read Bio
Mark Wright Filice Farms Hollister, CA

Mark is the farm manager for Filice Farms in Hollister, CA. Filice Farms has been operating in San Benito County for 70 years and is proud to supply fresh produce to a variety of shippers who distribute their products worldwide.

More About the LGMA

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement is a comprehensive food safety program created in 2007 to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks associated with lettuce and leafy greens. The LGMA operates with oversight from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Members of the LGMA include approximately 100 companies who grow and sell leafy greens. These members represent over 90 percent of all lettuce and leafy greens grown in California.

In order to be a certified member of the LGMA, companies must produce lettuce using a set of science-based food safety practices.

Member companies of the LGMA subject to government audits that verify required food safety practices are being followed on their farms. Members are audited by government officials from the California Department of Food and Agriculture an average of five times per year. As part of these audits, these businesses must be in 100% compliance with over 300 food safety checkpoints.

See a list of LGMA Certified Members

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