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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #19-036


SACRAMENTO, May 24, 2019 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Shipping Point Inspection Advisory Committee is seeking to fill vacancies. This committee makes recommendations to the Secretary on all matters pertaining to the CDFA’s Shipping Point Inspection program. The term of office for committee members is three years. Members receive no compensation, but are entitled to payment of necessary traveling expenses in accordance with the rules of the California Department of Human Resources.

Current vacancies include: six members, one public member, and nine alternate members. The committee, with the exception of the public member, is composed of shippers of fruit and vegetables using the inspection certification services of the CDFA. The public member must be a resident of the State of California and not a producer, shipper, or processor nor be financially interested in any producer, shipper or processor. Alternate members are appointed for each member and serve only in the absence of the designated member.
The Shipping Point Inspection program provides third party grading and certification services to the fruit, nut and vegetable industries throughout the state – ensuring that California’s specialty crops meet identified quality standards. The program supports agricultural producers, packers, shippers and processors by providing a nationally and internationally recognized grading and certification service.
Individuals interested in being considered for an appointment should complete the attached Prospective Member Appointment Questionnaire and attain a letter of recommendation from industry. Nominations will be accepted until the positions are filled. Applications should be sent to Thomas Osborn, CDFA Inspection and Compliance Branch, 1220 ‘N’ Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 or via e-mail to
For further information on the Shipping Point Inspection Program and committee vacancies, contact Kevin Batchelor at (559) 595-8000.


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