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FDA Partners with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Western Center for Food Safety, and California Agricultural Stakeholders to Enhance Food Safety

Shared from an FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Constituent Update “California leads the world in leafy greens production and innovation. Industry and food safety officials are proud to partner on this in-depth scientific study protecting public … Continue reading

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Food and Agriculture is critical infrastructure for California and the nation

Note – Last night, as California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order for state residents due to COVID-19, his office released an executive order providing additional details. The executive order includes this: “The federal government has identified 16 critical … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: Protecting Animal Health & Food Safety

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Produce safety tour brings leaders, growers together on Central Coast farms

Click here to learn how CDFA’s Produce Safety Program helps bring California produce farms into compliance with the FDA’s Produce Safety Rule.

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Farmers, Ranchers, Regulators, Researchers Participate in “California Good Ag Neighbors: The Produce Safety – Livestock Interface Workshop”

The California Good Ag Neighbors: The Produce-Livestock Interface Workshop series is bringing together farmers, ranchers, academia and state and federal regulators to share and learn about the most innovative tools, information and research available to prevent foodborne illness, while continuing to … Continue reading

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CDFA official heads National Egg Regulatory Officials (NERO) organization

CDFA Egg Safety and Quality Manager Tony Herrera has been elected president of the National Egg Regulatory Officials organization (NERO). This is his second time serving as president of NERO. Herrera’s responsibilities at CDFA include planning, directing, managing and overseeing … Continue reading

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CDFA offers on-farm readiness reviews for Produce Safety Rule

CDFA is currently scheduling an On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRR) for readiness for the FDA’s Produce Safety Rule when it takes effect in 2019 as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act.  CFDA is committed to educating produce farmers on how … Continue reading

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New Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force formed

The Arizona and California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements, the Produce Marketing Association, the United Fresh Produce Association, Western Growers, and other stakeholders in the produce industry are pleased to announce the formation of a Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force designed to … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross tours USDA “Food Safety Discovery Zone” mobile exhibit at the State Fair

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) sent their “Food Safety Discovery Zone” mobile interactive exhibit to the California State Fair this year, marking the first time the decked-out vehicle has made the … Continue reading

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Consumer tips for roadside stands – from the Fresno Bee’s “Action Line”

By Blair Looney, Better Business Bureau A reader: I was driving to work this morning and saw a booth space in a public parking lot that said they had meat for sale. It looked comparable to a fireworks booth. The … Continue reading

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