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ISD Staff Spotlight: Safe Animal Feed Education Program’s KC Gutenberger helps ensure feed and food safety

NAME: KC Gutenberger YEARS AT CDFA: 6 PROGRAM: Safe Animal Feed Education (SAFE) Program POSITION TITLE: Environmental Scientist USUAL DAILY ACTIVITIES ON THE JOB? The mission of the SAFE Program is to provide research and education regarding the safe manufacture, … Continue reading

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ISD Staff Spotlight: CA State Organic Program Special Investigator Mayze Fowler-Riggs has passion for education & enforcement

NAME: Mayze Fowler-Riggs TIME AT CDFA: 8 years PROGRAM: State Organic Program POSITION TITLE: Special Investigator USUAL DAILY ACTIVITES ON THE JOB? I oversee part of the statewide enforcement and outreach efforts of organic agricultural products based on the provisions … Continue reading

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ISD Staff Spotlight: Amber Hayter enjoys sampling livestock feed at dairies on CA backroads

NAME: Amber Hayter TIME AT CDFA: About a year and a half PROGRAM: Commercial Feed Regulatory Program POSITION TITLE: Environmental Scientist USUAL DAILY ACTIVITIES ON THE JOB? I am an environmental scientist for the Feed and Livestock Drugs Inspection Program. … Continue reading

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ISD Staff Spotlight: Mai Err Chang coordinates grant programs for nutrition incentives to foster vegetable purchases

NAME: Mai Err Chang TIME AT CDFA: 8 months PROGRAM: California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP) POSITION TITLE: Program Coordinator (Associate Governmental Program Analyst) USUAL DAILY ACTIVITES ON THE JOB? My daily activities change depending on the season of the grant … Continue reading

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ISD Staff Spotlight: Dinesh Chand utilizes state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to analyze environmental and regulatory samples

NAME: Dinesh Chand YEARS AT CDFA: 9 PROGRAM: Center for Analytical Chemistry Environmental Safety Laboratory TITLE: Environmental Scientist USUAL DAILY ACTIVITIES ON THE JOB? I use state-of-the-art equipment and processes to analyze environmental and regulatory samples. I am involved in … Continue reading

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ISD Staff Spotlight: Kimber Collins-Florian enjoys ensuring fertilizing materials are suitable for organic crop and food production

NAME: Kimber Collins-Florian YEARS AT CDFA: Almost 9 years PROGRAM: Fertilizing Materials Inspection Organic Input Material Program TITLE: Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist USUAL DAILY ACTIVITIES ON THE JOB? Our program registers Organic Input Material (OIM) labels. OIMs are fertilizing materials … Continue reading

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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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ISD Staff Spotlight: Amy Garfinkel enjoys supporting statewide farm to school efforts

NAME: Amy Garfinkel YEARS AT CDFA: 1.5 PROGRAM: Farm to School TITLE: Farm to School Network Lead USUAL DAILY ACTIVITES ON THE JOB? I feel very grateful to get to work as a part of the California Farm to School … Continue reading

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ISD Staff Spotlight: Roland Carlson helps provide high-quality data at CDFA Food Safety Laboratory

NAME: Roland Carlson YEARS AT CDFA: 15 PROGRAM: Center for Analytical Chemistry (CAC) Food Safety (FS) Laboratory TITLE: Senior Environmental Scientist HOW DO YOU WORK FOR THE CALIFORNIA FOOD SUPPLY? Our FS laboratories ensure the safety of produce sold in … Continue reading

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CDFA scientist Roland Carlson published as co-author in multi-laboratory study to increase analysis abilities

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Center for Analytical Chemistry (CAC) Food Safety Laboratory Senior Environmental Scientist Roland Carlson is published as a co-author in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry for the article, “Multilaboratory Collaborative Study of … Continue reading

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