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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Unlawful Practices


The Food and Agricultural Code describes regulated business practices and the affected parties, which include manufacturers, distributors, producers, wholesale customers, and brokers. These laws were enacted to maintain an orderly and stable market for milk and dairy products by discouraging marketing tactics that may cause sudden market price fluctuations. The laws also deter the formation of monopolies in the wholesale and retail sectors of the dairy industry, which if left unmonitored, could lead to discriminatory practices and predatory pricing designed to force competitors out of business.

California Milk and Dairy Product Marketing Provisions
In-depth explanation of the dairy marketing laws and regulations, with examples, for all manufacturers, distributors and retailers of dairy products.