Inspection Services Blog

CDFA announces vacancies on Standardization Advisory Committee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is announcing vacancies on the Standardization Advisory Committee.

The committee advises the CDFA secretary on all matters pertaining to the Standardization Program, as well as reviewing proposed regulations and making recommendations concerning assessment rates, fees to provide adequate inspection services and the annual budget.
 
The current vacancies include Fresh Fruit Members representing oranges, other citrus fruit and/or table grapes; Fresh Vegetable Members representing broccoli, lettuce or tomatoes; Other Fresh Vegetable Members representing any fresh vegetable commodity subject to standardization; Other Fresh Fruit Member representing cantaloupe and melon; and Other Commodity Member representing a commodity subject to the Standardization Program.

Click here to read a CDFA press release for more details and directions on how to apply.

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Summer Quarterly Feed Update newsletter released

Click here to read the Summer 2021 Quarterly Feed Update distributed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Commercial Feed Regulatory Program.

Highlights include:

  • Notice to Industry: Commercial Feed License changes
  • By-product regulations released for public comment
  • Staff changes
  • Annual license renewal reminder
  • Safe Animal Feed Education (SAFE) Program update on human food by-products

The Commercial Feed Regulatory Program is part of the Feed, Fertilizer and Livestock Drugs Regulatory Services branch of CDFA’s Inspection Services Division.

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First two webinars in Good Agricultural Neighbors series posted, registration still open for last webinar on July 14

This second webinar recording is now available online.

The first two of three webinars about best food safety practices for agricultural neighbors are available to view online and registration is still open for the last webinar on July 14. Hosted by the California Farm Bureau Federation in partnership with Monterey County Farm Bureau and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the webinars include:

This webinar series is related to the California Agricultural Neighbors (CAN) group release of its interim report, “California Agricultural Neighbors: Neighbor-to-neighbor best practices to help enhance localized food safety efforts.” CAN membership includes representation from the agricultural production community (leafy greens, cattle ranching, viticulture, compost), academia, associations (industry, consumer/retail) and government (local, state, federal). CAN was formed in response to continued outbreaks of pathogenic E. coli O157:H7 associated with leafy greens in California’s Salinas Valley. CAN provides a roundtable forum to foster collaboration and discuss enhanced neighborly food safety practices when agriculture operations are adjacent to one another.

Click here to read a CDFA Planting Seeds blog post with more details about CAN and the webinar series.

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First webinar in Good Agricultural Neighbors series posted, registration still open for remaining webinars on July 7 and July 14

The first webinar recording is available online.

The first of three webinars about best food safety practices for agricultural neighbors is available to view online and there’s still time to sign up for the remaining webinars. Hosted by the California Farm Bureau Federation in partnership with Monterey County Farm Bureau and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the webinars include:

This webinar series is related to the California Agricultural Neighbors (CAN) group release of its interim report, “California Agricultural Neighbors: Neighbor-to-neighbor best practices to help enhance localized food safety efforts.” CAN membership includes representation from the agricultural production community (leafy greens, cattle ranching, viticulture, compost), academia, associations (industry, consumer/retail) and government (local, state, federal). CAN was formed in response to continued outbreaks of pathogenic E. coli O157:H7 associated with leafy greens in California’s Salinas Valley. CAN provides a roundtable forum to foster collaboration and discuss enhanced neighborly food safety practices when agriculture operations are adjacent to one another.

Click here to read a CDFA Planting Seeds blog post with more details about CAN and the webinar series.

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Reducing Food Loss and Waste

USDA News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced new resources to inform consumers on how to reduce food waste during the July Fourth holiday and beyond.  

According to USDA research, the average family of four wastes nearly $1,500 worth of food each year. And the food that goes in the trash winds up in a landfill where it creates methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.  

On July Fourth and all summer long, USDA encourages consumers to use four simple steps to reduce food waste at home.  

  • Plan ahead – Before you go to the grocery store or order online, make a list so you don’t buy more than you need.
  • Serve smart – portion control is good for your waistline, and good for reducing plate waste.
  • Love your leftovers – Pack leftovers in small portions in shallow containers, mark the contents and date, and refrigerate or freeze immediately.
  • Compost, don’t trash – Food in landfills produces harmful methane. You can recycle your food scraps in a home compost bin or at a local compost center.

Learn more about food loss and waste prevention at www.usda.gov/foodlossandwaste.  

CDFA’s Food Recovery program has produced a video on the issue:

View this original post on the CDFA Planting Seeds blog.

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Apply now to fill vacancies on Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announces three vacancies on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board. The board advises the secretary on CDFA’s Fertilizing Materials Inspection Program (FMIP), which ensures fertilizing materials are safe, effective and meet quality guarantees.

As part of the program, FMIP inspectors and investigators located throughout the state conduct routine sampling and inspections; respond to consumer complaints; and enforce laws and regulations that govern the manufacturing and distribution of fertilizing materials. FMIP is funded by fertilizing materials license and product registration fees and mill assessments.

There are three board positions available. View a CDFA press release for more details and directions on how to apply by August 31, 2021.

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Remember to sign up for California Agricultural Neighbors food safety webinars

All interested parties are invited to register for a free webinar series starting this week about best food safety practices for agricultural neighbors. Hosted by the California Farm Bureau Federation in partnership with Monterey County Farm Bureau and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the webinars include:

This webinar series is related to the California Agricultural Neighbors (CAN) group release of its interim report, “California Agricultural Neighbors: Neighbor-to-neighbor best practices to help enhance localized food safety efforts.” CAN membership includes representation from the agricultural production community (leafy greens, cattle ranching, viticulture, compost), academia, associations (industry, consumer/retail) and government (local, state, federal). CAN was formed in response to continued outbreaks of pathogenic E. coli O157:H7 associated with leafy greens in California’s Salinas Valley. CAN provides a roundtable forum to foster collaboration and discuss enhanced neighborly food safety practices when agriculture operations are adjacent to one another.

Click here to read a CDFA Planting Seeds blog post with more details about CAN and the webinar series.

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California Agricultural Neighbors release interim report on best practices for food safety–webinar series planned

The California Agricultural Neighbors (CAN) group invites all interested stakeholders to read its interim report, “California Agricultural Neighbors: Neighbor-to-neighbor best practices to help enhance localized food safety efforts,” as well as attend a three-part webinar series to learn about CAN and hear food safety recommendations from scientific experts. This effort is led cooperatively by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and Monterey County Farm Bureau.

Food safety is a shared responsibility. Continued outbreaks of pathogenic E. coli O157:H7 associated with leafy greens in California’s Salinas Valley necessitates a robust response from the agricultural community and local, state and federal regulators.

Membership in CAN includes representation from the agricultural production community (leafy greens, cattle ranching, viticulture, compost), academia, associations (industry, consumer/retail), and government (local, state, federal).

CAN provides a roundtable forum to foster collaboration and discuss enhanced neighborly food safety practices when agriculture operations are adjacent to one another. The program will include information sharing and the development and refinement of a near-term food safety action plan.

Click here to view this original CDFA Planting Seeds blog post that includes webinar registration links.

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Secretary Ross joins First Partner in roundtable discussion about small farms providing nutrition to local schools

California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom (black hat and tan jacket) listens to CDFA Secretary Karen Ross (denim jacket) during a roundtable discussion at Fiery Ginger Farm, a 2-acre urban farm in West Sacramento. This roundtable is one of many conversations the California Farm to School Working Group is conducting to learn more about how community members implement farm to school at the neighborhood level to promote child nutrition. These sessions are informal conversations where challenges, obstacles and opportunities for future collaboration emerge. Attending the pictured roundtable discussion are nutrition services directors and others from area school districts, as well as area small farms looking for ways to better collaborate with school districts.
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CA Farm to School Network newsletter highlights investments, grantees, lessons, policy updates

Click here to check out the June California Farm to School Network newsletter. Highlights include:

  • Governor’s proposed farm to school investments
  • Farm to school incubator grantee highlights
  • Celebrate Farm to Summer Celebration Week
  • National Dairy Month taste and teach lesson
  • Policy updates

The California Farm to School Network includes farm to school practitioners and enthusiasts statewide. Click on the newsletter subscribe button to also receive these monthly updates that include information about grants, resources, research, webinars, events and news from the National Farm to School Network. The California Farm to School Program is part of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork (CDFA-F2F) in the Division of Inspection Services.

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