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Commercial Feed Regulatory Program Releases Fall Quarterly Feed Update

Click here to check out the Commercial Feed Regulatory Program (CFRP) Quarterly Feed Update fall issue.

Topics in this issue include:

  • The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship (AUS) program’s annual report
  • Almond hull quality assurance plans
  • Safe Animal Feed Education (SAFE) program’s Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) for Animal Food Training training in December
  • New federal funding awarded to CFRP

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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Did you know CDFA’s Center for Analytical Chemistry has an independent Quality Assurance Unit?

Did you know the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Center for Analytical Chemistry (CAC) has an independent Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) that provides quality oversight to all of its laboratory sections? QAU is the primary liaison with accrediting bodies and all laboratory stakeholders to ensure CAC maintains the highest standards and International Organization for Standards (ISO) 17025 rating.

QAU is responsible for developing and implementing the quality management program by ensuring its data product quality meets its clients’ specifications and complies with the requirements of standards for laboratory competence as prescribed under ISO-17025 guidelines.

QAU also offers contract services to external laboratories, including providing proficiency testing “check samples” to ensure the competency and integrity of laboratory staff, equipment and methods. QAU is committed to move quality management process from compliance to performance.

Visit CDFA’s Quality Assurance Unit website to learn more.

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Did you know CDFA’s Organic Input Material Program offers a database of fertilizing materials verified as meeting organic standards?

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Did you know the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has public database of fertilizing materials for organic crop and food production that have been verified to comply with California fertilizing material laws and regulations and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program standards?

One way to know if organic input material has been verified by CDFA to meet organic standards is if this optional logo is included on the product label.

This Registered Organic Input Materials database is one resource on the CDFA Organic Input Material (OIM) Program website that organic certifiers often view to ensure that an OIM a farmer may want to use maintains organic standards. Other website resources include directions for businesses to apply for licensing and OIM registration, as well as renew expiring registrations.

The CDFA OIM Program is part of the Feed, Fertilizer and Livestock Drugs Regulatory Services (FFLDRS) branch of the Inspection Services Division.

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Did you know CDFA’s California Citrus Program tests Navel and Valencia oranges for maturity standards?

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Did you know the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has a California Citrus Program that inspects Navel oranges, Valencia oranges, lemons and mandarin citrus varieties to protect the industry and public from substandard product?

Established through legislation sponsored by the California citrus industry, the California Citrus Program ensures that established minimum maturity and quality standards are met. The following counties currently have mandatory Orange Maturity Inspection Programs: Fresno, Kern, Riverside, Tulare and Ventura.

Tulare County Agricultural Biologist Tesfaye Jimma extracts juice from a CDFA-certified press to determine compliance of California Navel orange minimum maturity standards.

Navel orange maturity standards are determined by extracting juice via a CDFA-certified press and testing the juice to ensure it meets the required California Standard Scale Citrus Maturity Score.

CDFA’s California Citrus Program is part of the Inspection and Compliance branch of the Inspection Services Division.

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CDFA and UC Davis collaborate to assist commercial laboratories testing smoke impact in wine and winegrapes

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, and the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are offering laboratory services, with limited capacity, to test winegrapes and wine for the presence of smoke compounds due to recent wildfires. In addition to commercial laboratories already performing tests, these laboratories are offering limited services to hopefully reduce testing turnaround times.

“We are hearing many growers and grower representatives voice concern over lab turnaround time, as lab results are needed to make a decision about harvesting their winegrapes or to assess the resulting wines,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “To answer a need in our world-renown California wine industry, CDFA is proud to partner with UC Davis to offer the resources of our laboratories.”

“The wine and grape industries of California are important to the state and to our college, “ said Helene Dillard, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis.  “The wildfires this year have been particularly devastating, so we are very happy to be partnering with the CDFA to apply our collective resources to this important issue.”

“Our staff members are working diligently to meet the laboratory needs of the wine and winegrape industries resulting from the unprecedented number of wildfires on the west coast,” said Gordon Burns, CEO of ETS Laboratories. “We appreciate the partnership of CDFA and UC Davis as we work together to answer industry needs.”

CDFA’s Center for Analytical Chemistry (CAC) is offering grape analysis. CDFA’s limited testing capacity is estimated to be 30-50 samples per day, with a turnaround time of 3-5 days, as long as a backlog does not occur. If a backlog does occur and the turnaround time will be longer, CDFA will provide that information on its website.

The UC Davis laboratories are teaming-up to provide wine analysis.

While the analytical methods of the CDFA and UC Davis labs have been validated and are accurate, the methods are not ISO 17025 (International Organization for Standardization) accredited. Therefore, growers should verify with insurance providers and/or legal counsel that the results will be acceptable before submitting samples. The laboratories will measure seven smoke-related compounds (guaiacol, 4-methylguaiacol, o-cresol, p-cresol, m-cresol, syringol, and 4-methylsyringol).

To submit grape samples, visit the CDFA laboratory website for sample submission instructions, or contact CDFA at CDFA.CAC_receiving@cdfa.ca.gov or (916) 228-6844. Price per grape sample is $246.

To submit wine samples, visit the UC Davis laboratory website for more information. Price per wine sample is $150.

Click here to view the CDFA Planting Seeds blog post where this announcement originally ran.

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Did you know CDFA’s Safe Animal Feed Education (SAFE) program promotes a safe and wholesome supply of commercial feed?

Did you know the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has a Safe Animal Feed Education (SAFE) program that promotes a safe and wholesome supply of commercial feed?

SAFE uses an approach that fosters voluntary compliance with the state laws and regulations to ensure the safe manufacture and use of commercial feed in a changing livestock feed market. This unique collaboration between SAFE and the feed industry benefits both the agricultural community and the consumer.  

The SAFE program was created to provide outreach and education to the livestock feed industry on feed labeling, manufacturing and general compliance with laws and regulations. With the diverse commodities used in the feed industry that are specific to California, the SAFE program maintains a role in assisting in evaluating them for safety when new ingredients become available for use as feed. One of the areas of focus is on-farm mixing. There is a large number of livestock production operations and dairies that mix their own feed on-farm and the SAFE program provides outreach and education materials to promote good manufacturing practices for on-farm feed mixing as well commercial feed manufacturers. 

CDFA’s SAFE program is in the Inspection Services Division’s Feed, Fertilizer and Livestock Drugs Regulatory Services (FFLDRS) branch. Visit the SAFE program website for feed information about the Food Safety Modernization Act, Veterinary Feed Directive, SAFE-Developed Guidance Material, Resources and Federal Guidance Documents and Industry Outreach: Education & Seminars.

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Did you know CDFA’s Center for Analytical Chemistry has transitioned to technology-based accreditation for laboratory competency?

Did you know the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Center for Analytical Chemistry (CAC) has transitioned to technology-based accreditation from the International Organization for Standards (ISO) for laboratory competency (ISO 17025:2017)?

Technology-based ISO accreditation enables CAC scientists to provide accredited analytical services beyond a specific method while using the technology platform more broadly. This flexible accreditation covers a wide spectrum of analytes and materials such as produce, grains, cannabis, hemp and fertilizing materials. For example, CAC’s Food Safety Laboratory recently received technology-based ISO accreditation to test industrial hemp for total tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabinoids and pesticides; cannabis for pesticides; and fertilizing materials for multielement. 

Visit the CAC website to learn more about how CDFA scientists utilize state-of-the-art equipment and processes to conduct agrochemical analysis to ensure a safe, abundant and quality supply of food and fiber in California.

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Did you know farmers also benefit from California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP)?

Did you know the California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP) helps increase sales for California farmers at participating Certified Farmers’ Markets and small businesses?

CNIP is a program that doubles the amount that nutrition benefit clients (those utilizing CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, and similar programs) are able to spend on healthy, California-grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

While empowering nutrition benefit shoppers to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables, CNIP also supports California farmers by increasing demand for their healthy products.

Visit the CDFA Office of Farm to Fork (CDFA-F2F) CNIP website to learn more about CNIP and how it provides competitive grant funding to organizations to provide incentives to nutrition benefit shoppers, as well as to support program operations and outreach.

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ISD Staff Spotlight: Stephen Siegel’s best memories on the job are from collaborating with fellow CAC scientists

NAME: Stephen Siegel

YEARS AT CDFA: 24

PROGRAM: Center for Analytical Chemistry – Environmental Safety Laboratory, Environmental Analysis

TITLE: Sr. Environmental Scientist (Supervisor)

USUAL DAILY ACTIVITIES: During a typical day at the lab, I usually do some organizing/planning, reviewing/releasing sample results, maintaining/repairing analytical instruments, holding small group meetings, ordering lab supplies, assisting staff with sample analysis and method development, and staff training.

HOW DO YOU WORK FOR THE CALIFORNIA FOOD SUPPLY? I work with a group that provides analytical support for studies that monitor pesticides in the environment and studies that help ensure optimal agricultural worker protection.

MEMORABLE MOMENT ON THE JOB: Working at the Center for Analytical Chemistry (CAC) for 24 years has provided many memorable moments on the job. The best memories are from collaborating with the great staff we have here at CAC to overcome some difficult challenges when developing new analytical methods.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY? It means a lot to me both personally and professionally to be a part of this laboratory. I enjoy coming to the lab each day and working with the staff and learning from them, as well as imparting my knowledge and experience to them.

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CA Farm to School Network newsletter highlights CDFA Farmer Equity Report, CDFA specialty crop funding opportunities, webinars, grants and more

Click here to read the latest California Farm to School Network newsletter.

Highlights include:

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  • CDFA Farmer Equity Report identifies and provides recommendations for challenges facing socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers
  • CDFA 2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program can fund a variety of farm to school projects, ranging from $50,000 to $450,000
  • Registration link to join the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom at the Virtual Agriculture in the Classroom Conference September 25-26
  • National Farm to School Network resources, including grants & funding; webinars & events; research & resources; policy news; and job opportunities

The California Farm to School Network is composed of 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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