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US: Arizona growers hope new leafy greens protocols will help prevent outbreaks

Food Safety News: The new “metrics” for members of the Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement are effective immediately. Officials with the grower consortium said inspections are set to begin in November. The revised requirements in Arizona involve:

  • Daily cleaning of equipment;
  • More extensive review of crop impact after weather events such as flooding or high winds;
  • Mandatory traceability measures; and
  • A 1,000-foot minimum buffer zone between growing fields and feed lots with 1,000 or more animals. Previously the buffer requirement was 400 feet.