Important information on Food Safety Legislation from The National Organic Coalition (NOC):
USDA Agriculture Marketing Service has been holding hearings this week in Monterey, California to consider a proposed "Leafy Green Marketing Agreement" which would authorize the industry to develop a national marketing agreement for farmers and handlers of leafy greens which supposedly addresses food safety issues for these products. These hearings will continue throughout the country in Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, New York, and North Carolina (see the Federal Register Notice of this proposal) in the next several weeks.
We agree that there is a food safety problem in this country. We disagree that the National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (NLGMA) is the appropriate solution to the problem.
Read the testimony of Steve Etka, Patty Lovera and others, from the USDA/AMS Proposed National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Hearings on our website National Organic Coalition.