Mike Villaneva is the Technical Director for the CA Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA). In that capacity for the past 10 years, he manages the LGMA’s Technical Committee, responds to issues and concerns impacting the LGMA’s handlers and growers of leafy greens. Industry training is a high priority for the LGMA and Mike developed a (6) courses standardized training program that addresses the practices and processes unique to the leafy greens industry. A high-lite of the curriculum is 1.5-dayTrain-the-Trainer course designed to improve the training skills and techniques of the shippers, growers and harvesting company’s food safety professionals. Since its implementation in 2013, more than 1500 hundred employees have been trained. He also led the effort to align the LGMA Metrics with the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) that has been recognized by FDA so that and LGMA audit includes verification with PSR.
Mike has been involved in the food safety arena since 1997 with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), where he managed the food safety program and later with the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security at UC Davis. Highlights included being a member of the multi-state team of experts who reviewed and edited FDA’s guidance document on reducing microbial risks for fresh produce published in 1997, member of the USDA-AMS team that developed USDA’s original GAP/GMP audit checklist for fresh produce, CDFA’s liaison with the California Department of Health Services’ Food and Drug Branch and a team member that investigated the 2006 and 2007 spinach outbreaks.
Mike received his AA degree from West Hills College in 1972 and a BS in Natural Resource Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1976.