ANAHEIM, Calif. — Tim York, president of foodservice distributor Markon Cooperative, is taking home the Golden Checkmark award for his support of food safety initiatives in the leafy greens industry.

Joe Pezzini, chair of the Sacramento-based California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, presented the award to York Oct. 4 at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.

Tim York honored by Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement

Pamela Riemenschneider

Tim York (left) accepts the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement's Golden Checkmark award at Fresh Summit Oct. 4. Joe Pezzini, chief operating officer of Ocean Mist Farms, Castroville, Calif., and chairman of the Sacramento, Calif.-based marketing agreement, presents the award.

The award gives York and Arnold Schwarzenegger something in common. California’s governor is the only other recipient of the Golden Checkmark, Pezzini said. He earned the award for his role in implementing the organization.

“So you’re in good company,” he told York on stage.

Markon Cooperative requires a Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement government inspection for its suppliers, Pezzini told the audience.

York said he was honored to receive the award.

“And I really want to express to you that LGMA is doing what we asked for as buyers in 2007,” York said. “I want to encourage others to look at it.”

The agreement includes requirements for regular, random and mandatory audits from government inspectors. It is being considered as a guide for national commodity-specific food safety regulations from the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an initiative of President Barack Obama's Food Safety Working Group.