Inspection Services Division

Food Recovery

Food Waste in California

U.S. food waste is estimated to be 30-40% of the food supply, and Californians throw away approximately 6 million tons of food waste annually. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is proud to partner with California farmers, ranchers and retailers to understand this issue, reduce food waste and increase food recovery. We encourage you to explore this website to learn more and join the effort.

About the Food Recovery Hierarchy

  • Source Reduction
  • Feed Hungry People
  • Feed Animals
  • Industrial Uses
  • Composting
  • Landfills

Understanding Food Date Labeling

Learn how understanding uniform food product date labels can decrease consumer food waste.


See videos, infographics, fact sheets and helpful links.