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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Media Contacts: Steve Lyle (CDFA), 916-654-0462 ,

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #20-157
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Sacramento, November 3, 2020 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is seeking to fill vacancies on the Shipping Point Inspection Advisory Committee.
This committee advises the CDFA secretary on all matters pertaining to the  Shipping Point Inspection (SPI) Program. SPI is part of the nationwide fresh fruit and vegetable inspection program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It exists under a cooperative agreement/contract with CDFA. State-employed SPI inspectors are authorized to make inspections on the basis of U.S. grade standards or other written government or private specifications for fresh products, including certificates showing how the products measure up to the official grades or other state or private specifications.
SPI Advisory Committee vacancies are available for members and alternate members who are shippers of fruit and vegetables using SPI inspection and certification services, as well as a public member who must be a California resident and not a producer, shipper or processor nor be financially interested in any producer, shipper or processor.
The term of office for committee members is up to 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.
Individuals interested in being considered for an appointment should complete the Prospective Member Appointment Questionnaire (PMAQ) available at andobtain a letter of recommendation from industry. Nominations will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Applications should be sent to Mitchell King, CDFA Inspection and Compliance Branch, 1220 ‘N’ Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 or via e-mail to
For further information regarding the Shipping Point Inspection Program and committee vacancies, please contact Kevin Batchelor at (559) 707-9522.


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