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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 #23-079
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SACRAMENTO, May 22, 2023 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch (MPES) announces two vacancies on the Rendering Industry Advisory Board (RIAB).  The RIAB makes recommendations to the Secretary on matters pertaining to: 

•    Adoption, modification, and repeal of regulations and procedures
•    Procedures for employment, training, supervision, and compensation of inspectors and other persons
•    Rate and collection of license fees and penalties
•    Acquisition and use of equipment
•    Posting and noticing changes in bylaws, general procedures, or orders
•    All matters pertaining to Food and Agricultural Code Division 9, Part 3, Chapter 5, including, but not limited to, the inspection and enforcement program, annual budget, necessary fees to provide adequate services, and regulations required to accomplish the purposes of the chapter

The vacancies, for two industry members, was created because of upcoming term expirations. The membership terms for these vacancies will be 36 months. Applicants must be affiliated with a licensed renderer, collection center, dead animal hauler, or registered transporter of inedible kitchen grease. Board members receive no compensation but are entitled to reimbursement for transportation to and from meetings and for per diem expenses for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses. Applicants interested in being considered for this RIAB appointment should submit a resume by June 19, 2023, to:

Penny Arana
Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch 
1220 N Street 
Sacramento, California 95814

Additional information is available on the MPES web page at:

You may also contact Branch Chief Paula Batarseh of the Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch at (916) 900-5004.



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