Proposals to Adopt, Amend or Repeal Certain AHFSS Regulations


California Building Standards Commission (CBSC)

No actions are proposed by the Department of Food and Agriculture, Animal Health and Food Safety Services, at this time. For recent actions taken by the CBSC, please visit their website at: www.bsc.ca.gov.


Animal Care Program

Proposition 12, Farm Animal Confinement

The Department is proposing to adopt new Chapter 10 (commencing with section 1320) of Division 2 of Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations to implement Health and Safety Code sections 25990 through 25994, Farm Animal Cruelty, which mandates farm animal confinement standards and directs the Department and the Department of Public Health to jointly promulgate regulations to implement the provisions for specified farm animals and the sale of specified products derived from them.

The written comment period for that proposal began May 28, 2021 and ended July 12, 2021.

The remote public hearing for that regulatory proposal held August 27, 2021 has ended.

The 15-day comment period for the proposed modified text and documents added has ended.


Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch, Egg Safety and Quality Management Program, Shell Egg Food Safety, Section 1350

Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch, Egg Safety and Quality Management Program, Shell Egg Food Safety, Section 1350 of Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations. The Department is proposing to update its requirements to conform its enclosure requirements for egg-laying hens to Health and Safety Code sections 25990(b)(3) and 25991(e)(4). The 45-day public comment period for this proposal ended on February 25, 2020.

The Department is now publishing a 15-day notice of documents added to the rulemaking file. The public comment period is from April 6 – 21, 2020.

The documents added are:

  • Addendum to the Initial Statement of Reasons
  • Revised STD 399 [Economic/Fiscal Impact form]
  • Report from UCD Davis dated March 5, 2020

For a copy of the 15-day notice and the above-noted documents added to the rulemaking file, please contact: Nancy.grillo@cdfa.ca.gov

Any comments pertaining to the 15-day notice and the documents added to the rulemaking file, must be submitted in writing to: Michael.Abbott@cdfa.ca.gov


Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch, Egg Safety and Quality Management - Cage Free Definition CCR 1354 (d)(3)

The Department is proposing to amend the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 3, Division 3, section 1354. Specifically, this rulemaking action clarifies and makes specific the requirements to label consumer containers of eggs as “cage free”.


Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch - Petition for Rulemaking

The Department of Food and Agriculture (Department), Animal Health and Food Safety Services, Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch, is in receipt of a petition for rulemaking for temporary standards for two products from Lyrical Foods, Inc. The Department has set the matter for a public hearing via written brief. The deadline for submittal of comments is contained in the Notice of Public Hearing posted below.


Animal Health Branch – Proposed Rulemaking

Importation of Equidae from Countries Known to Have Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM)

The Department is proposing an amendment to section 810.1 of Article 11, Chapter 2, Division 2, of Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations, to update the address of the currently approved CEM quarantine facility and add a new approved facility for the University of California Davis, Center for Equine Health, both under the control and management of the University of California Davis. The public comment period begins April 15, 2022 and ends on May 31, 2022. Any interested person, or his or her duly authorized representative, may submit written comments relevant to the proposed regulatory action to the Department according to the instructions contained in the Notice posted in the documents below.

Importation of Equidae from Countries Known to Have CEM Proposed Rulemaking Package:


Code

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