Proposals to Adopt, Amend or Repeal Certain AHFSS Regulations
- Animal Health and Food Safety Services – California Building Standards Commission
- Animal Care Program – Proposition 12, Farm Animal Confinement
- Animal Health Branch – Proposed Rulemaking
- Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch - Shell Egg Food Safety, Section 1350
- Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch – Petition for Rulemaking
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 public written comment period for this proposal began May 28, 2021 and ended July 12, 2021. The written comment period is now closed.
The Department is conducting a remote public hearing for this regulatory proposal on Friday, August 27, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PDT. Please refer to the Notice of Public Hearing for information and materials regarding the regulatory proposal posted below.
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:
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
EMMP Event Fee Increase
The Department is proposing an amendment to section 1280.2 of Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations, to increase equine event entry fees to ensure continuity of program services which serve to ensure the Department of Food and Agriculture fulfills its mandate of the protection of both the horse and rider in public horse shows and sales. The public comment period begins October 22, 2021 and ends on December 6, 2021. Any person may submit a written comment according to the instructions contained in the Notice web document posted below.
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.
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.
- California code relating to Animal Health
- For a complete set of the California code, visit the California Food and Agricultural Code web site.
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