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.


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


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

Administrative Penalty Schedules and Provisions

The Department is proposing the adoption of section 839 under Article 14, of Chapter 2, Division 2, Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations, to specify penalty schedules for any person found to be in violation of specified statutes and regulations, following an investigation and consideration of the facts presented in each case. A public hearing is scheduled starting at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday May 12, 2021 via Zoom teleconference. Members of the public are encouraged to participate. The public comment period begins March 26, 2021 and ends on May 10, 2021. Any person interested may present statements or arguments in writing or on the day of the hearing according to the instructions contained in the Notice posted in the documents below.

Livestock Movements and Forms

The Department of Food and Agriculture, Animal Health Branch is proposing amendments to Title 3, California Code of Regulations to repeal the requirements for brucellosis vaccination of female beef cattle more than 12 months of age moving within and into the State, update the interstate movement requirements of sheep (rams) pertaining to ovine brucellosis, update forms used in Chapters 2 and 7, and update authority reference citations. The 45-day public comment period closed September 15, 2020. The Department is now publishing a 15-day public comment period from November 21 – December 5, 2020. Any person may submit a written comment according to the instructions contained in the 15-day notice web document posted below.


AHFSS - Informal Hearings Proposed Regulations

The Department is amending its informal hearing regulations under CCR Title 3, which provides a list of the Food and Agricultural Code sections where the Department may utilize its internal, informal hearing process, as well as providing information on informal hearing proceedings. The 45-day public comment period closed on October 15, 2019. The Department published a 15-day public comment period from April 8 – 23, 2020. The Department is now publishing a Second 15-day public comment period from November 2 - 16, 2020. Any person may submit a written comment according to the instructions contained in the Second 15-day notice web document posted below.

This proposal has been approved by the Office of Administrative Law and will become effective January 1, 2021. Please reference the “Informal Hearings Final Approved Text” as posted below.


For a complete set of California regulations, visit the California Code of Regulations web site.

For Information on regulations pertaining to interstate movement of animals, including California, check the USDA state regulations page.

For more specific questions about California interstate movement regulations, please call 916–651–6278 Monday through Friday 8–5 pm pacific time.

For a complete set of Federal Government Regulations, visit the Code of Federal Regulations web site.

For international regulations call the USDA Veterinary Services office at: 916–854–3900 Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 4:00 or visit the USDA Veterinary Services websites for: Import or Export .


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