California Department of Food and Agriculture

The Center for Analytical Chemistry

1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814  •  916-262-1434  •  Fax: 916-262-1572


Ensuring a safe, abundant, quality food supply is the primary mission of California agricultural and the internationally recognized Center for Analytical Chemistry (CAC) plays a vital role in this process. From organics to inorganics and percent level to parts per billion, the CAC has been providing agrochemical analysis for the Department of Food and Agriculture since the mid 1920's. The CAC uses state of the art equipment and processes to test fruits, vegetables, nuts, animal feed, and milk to ensure that pesticide and chemical levels are within the safety range established by national and international standards. The CAC also serves the nation as a member of the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN). CACís clients are comprised of local, state and federal governmental agencies that are responsible for monitoring the nationís food supply.