LGMA Food Safety Practices

At the heart of the LGMA is a set of food safety practices that are implemented on leafy greens farms and verified through government audit. Working with University and industry scientists, food safety experts, government officials, farmers, shippers and processors, the LGMA created this unique science-based food safety system to protect public health by reducing potential sources of contamination and establishes a culture of food safety on the farm.

The LGMA food safety practices, or Metrics, are updated periodically according to new science. Most recently, the Metrics were updated to fully align with the federal Produce Safety Rule (PSR). 


PrimusLabs is a global leader in food safety and has been servicing the fresh produce industry for more than two decades. In today’s marketplace, food safety verification and confidence are critical. Our professional staff utilizes:

  • Approved methodologies for Microbiological and Pesticide Residue Analyses
  • Internationally recognized Audits (PGFS, G.A.P., GMP, NOP and other Audit programs)
  • Expert Education and Training Programs

Whatever your supply chain need, you can depend on our expertise and commitment to your food safety requirements.

When food safety counts, look to PrimusLabs.

Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety Program

The LGMA Food Safety Program has been recognized nationally, and its requirements served as a model for the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Members of the Arizona LGMA agree to follow best food safety practices on an ongoing basis through a process that includes:

  • Developing and implementing a food safety plan,
  • Providing food safety training to employees, and
  • Completing a USDA audit of food safety plan to verify compliance

Arizona LGMA members are required to have both scheduled and unannounced audits. All audits are conducted by USDA-licensed inspectors to assure the public that we as an industry stand behind the food safety practices that we have established.