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What Top-Level Food Safety Looks Like at a Vegetable Farm

Food-borne pathogens may be microscopic, but they have an outsized impact on how U.S. growers produce and handle crops. Take the 2006 E. coli outbreak in spinach. It led to the founding of the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA), which sets high standards for protocols to keep crops pathogen free. After the 2018 E. coli outbreak in romaine, already high standards soared to the stratosphere. Growers want to nourish Americans, not sicken them.

JV Smith Companies, based in Yuma, AZ, is renowned in the leafy vegetables industry for its immaculate protocols. Matt McGuire, Chief Agricultural Officer, and Fatima Corona, Food Safety Director, at JV Farms are responsible for keeping the large winter crop farm as clean as they possibly can.

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