New CDFA Regulations Related to Direct Marketing and Food Safety
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has recently implemented new regulations related to direct marketing and food safety. While they could increase growers' costs, they also have the potential to foster more favorable market conditions for smaller farms engaged in direct marketing.
The major provisions in these new regulations are summarized below. It would be helpful to review CDFA's Small Farm Food Safety Guidelines http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/i_&_c/sffsg.html since they are referenced in two of the pieces of legislation. If you have any questions or concerns about these new regulations, please email Shermain Hardesty, Leader of the UC Small Farm Program, email@example.com.
AB 224 CSA Programs (Gordon—signed September 28, 2013)
- Authorized CDFA to adopt regulations establishing a registration program for CSA producers, including those supplying multi-farm CSA
- $75 annual fee, $25 for each amendment
- Required CDFA to post Small Farm Food Safety Guidelines
o Cover safe production, processing, and handling of both non-potentially and potentially hazardous foods.
Are independent of any of the federal FSMA's pending requirements.
- Imposed specific requirements related to the labeling and maintenance of consumer boxes and containers that are used in CSA programs to deliver farm products in order to facilitate traceback
o Label the consumer box or container used to deliver farm products to the consumer with the name and address of the farm delivering the box or container
o Maintain the consumer boxes or containers in a condition that prevents contamination
o Inform consumers, either by including a printed list in the consumer box or... ...read more
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