Mexico once again will accept California spinach, but is requiring that any imported spinach must by grown and shipped by member‐companies of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.

Mexico’s Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks announced the import requirements late last month. Canada issued similar import requirements earlier this year.

The Sacramento-based California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement was established in 2007 and operates with oversight from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

This newly formed agency verifies, through government audits, that farmers follow enhanced food safety standards for lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens.

Nearly all of the states handlers, which include farmers, shippers and processors, have voluntarily signed on to the marketing agreement. Once the marketing agreement is signed, it becomes mandatory for those handlers to purchase product solely from farmers who comply with the enhanced food safety standards.

“We are very pleased to see Mexico re‐opening its border to California spinach and that measures put in place by the California LGMA provided the Mexican government the assurance they were looking for in relation to safety of our product,” says Joe Pezzini, marketing agreement chairman.

In addition to receiving approval from Canada and Mexico, the California marketing agreement has been used as a model for the newly created Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.

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