The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a new marketing agreement for leafy greens producers. This agreement aims to improve food safety and reduce the risk of foodborne illness associated with leafy greens.
The agreement will be voluntary and will require participants to follow best practices for growing, harvesting, and handling leafy greens. Producers who participate in the marketing agreement will be subject to regular audits and inspections to ensure compliance with these best practices.
In addition to improving food safety, the marketing agreement is also expected to benefit producers of leafy greens. By following these best practices, producers can increase consumer confidence in their products and differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace.
The USDA is also working on developing a standardized labeling system for leafy greens that are grown under this marketing agreement. This labeling system will make it easier for consumers to identify products that are grown under the agreement and meet the higher food safety standards.
Overall, this marketing agreement is a positive step forward for leafy greens producers and consumers alike. By working together to improve food safety, producers can build trust with consumers and ensure the long-term sustainability of their businesses.