CDFA Animal Health and Food Safety Services Division

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:

Informal Hearings

Animal Health and Food Safety Services Division – Informal Hearings proposed amendments under Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations, beginning with section 1310. The Department noticed this proposal for a 45-day written comment period that ended on November 6, 2017. The Department published modifications to the text for a 15-day written comment period that ended on June 20, 2018. The Department is now providing notice that they are not proceeding with this rulemaking action.

Animal Health Branch

Equine Medication Monitoring Program.
The Department of Food and Agriculture, Animal Health Branch proposes to amend the existing "violations matrix" in section 1280.11 of Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations to increase the minimum violation penalties for specified violations of the Equine Medication Monitoring Program (EMMP) codes and regulations to better protect horse welfare and safety at equine events and sales in the State of California and to better align EMMP penalties with the penalty guidelines of national equestrian oversight organizations. The public comment period for this proposal ended at 5:00 p.m., January 15, 2018. The Department modified the originally proposed text and the 15-day public comment period ended at 5:00 p.m. on April 27, 2018. This proposal has been approved by the Office of Administrative Law and became effective June 18, 2018. Please reference the "EMMP Violations 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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The California Department of Food and Agriculture strives to support this tradition of innovation and agricultural diversity by working with private industry, academia and public sector agencies. These partnerships allow the department to adapt public policy to a rapidly changing industry — California agriculture.