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Spanish-language sessions expand outreach to organic growers about Produce Safety Rule

CDFA’s Produce Safety Program works to ensure that California farmers understand how to implement all food safety practices required by the federal Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule. As part of PSP’s Educate, Implement and Regulate strategy to accomplish this, three PSP inspectors recently gave a … Continue reading

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CDFA Technical Assistance Program offers farmers multilingual, in-person help

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Technical Assistance Program (TAP) continues to help small-scale farmers across California become compliant with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule for growing fruits, nuts and vegetables. This effort … Continue reading

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CDFA partners with county agricultural commissioner offices to conduct organic enforcement activities

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ISD Staff Spotlight: Anna Carrasquillo protects the nation’s food chain through inspecting fresh fruits and vegetables

NAME: Anna Carrasquillo YEARS AT CDFA: 7 PROGRAM: Standardization TITLE: Fruits & Vegetables QC Supervisor II HOW DO YOU WORK FOR THE CALIFORNIA FOOD SUPPLY? As part of the Standardization team, I work inspecting fresh fruits and vegetables by preventing … Continue reading

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CDFA announces vacancies on California Citrus Advisory Committee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is announcing vacancies on the California Citrus Advisory Committee (CCAC). The committee advises the CDFA secretary on all matters pertaining to the California Citrus Program, which includes the implementation of an annual … Continue reading

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CDFA announces vacancies on Standardization Advisory Committee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is announcing vacancies on the Standardization Advisory Committee (STDZ). STDZ advises the CDFA secretary on all matters pertaining to the Standardization Program, as well as reviewing proposed regulations and making recommendations concerning assessment … Continue reading

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Shop farmers’ markets to sustain a local, resilient food system

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National Farmers Market Week — visit a Certified Farmers Market near you

During this National Farmers Market Week (August 7-13, 2022), CDFA encourages all Californians to visit their local Certified Farmers Markets. Farmers markets help rural and urban communities connect while creating more equitable economic opportunities. They’re a great opportunity to build relationships with local … Continue reading

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California Agricultural Neighbors report outlines collaborative actions for enhanced food safety in Salinas Valley

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Monterey County Farm Bureau are joining together to announce the release of “California Agricultural Neighbors: neighbor-to-neighbor best practices to help enhance localized food safety efforts.” California Agricultural Neighbors (CAN) was … Continue reading

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USDA Announces Assistance for On-Farm Food Safety Expenses for Specialty Crop Growers

New Program Part of Broader Effort to Transform Food System, Create Jobs From a USDA Farm Service Agency news release Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to provide up to $200 million in … Continue reading

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