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CDFA official heads National Egg Regulatory Officials (NERO) organization

Tony Herrera

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 a statewide regulatory food safety, quality and grading program for shell eggs and egg products that are marketed in California. He has been with CDFA for nearly 40 years, serving in many capacities from inspector to district supervisor to program manager.

During CDFA’s ongoing virulent Newcastle disease incident, Herrera has served as liaison to the poultry and egg industries, and he served on the task force responding in 2002-2003 to the disease outbreak in California. He is also CDFA’s representative to the Shell Egg Advisory Committee. Additionally, Herrera is assistant director of the board of directors of the National Egg Quality School.

CDFA State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones: “We are proud of Tony’s leadership and after successfully shepherding California’s Egg Safety program through a litany of changes to meet today’s market demands, we are confident that he will serve NERO well.

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