Senators have approved a three-bill package by Sen. Dean Florez, giving state health regulators power to set standards for growing and processing leafy produce, including spinach and lettuce, and to set up an inspection program with state agricultural officials.

Growers also would have to set up a system that meets state standards to quickly track contaminated products and to conduct recalls.

The bills head next to the Assembly, where the fight could be just as tough, since Governor Schwarzenegger has not taken a position.