California Department of Food and Agriculture

Inspection and Compliance Branch

1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814  •  916-900-5030

Inspection and Compliance Branch, oranges, cherries, avocados and squash

  • Shipping Point Inspection Program
  • Provides optional third party grading and certification service, and third party food safety verification audits to the fruit, nut, and vegetable industries throughout California. A Federal-State Cooperative Agreement with USDA authorizes CDFA inspectors to use federal grade standards for fresh produce, and issue federal-state inspection certificates recognized nationally and internationally.

  • Standardization Program
  • Responsible for the enforcement and maintenance of minimum standards for quality, maturity, container, marking size, and packing requirements.

  • California Citrus Program
  • Ensures the established minimum maturity and quality standards are met, also provides the industry with current and accurate data regarding the state’s citrus acreage and citrus crop information.

  • Avocado Inspection Program
  • CDFA provides oversight on inspections of avocados at the point of packing to ensure compliance with maturity, quality, size, and weight standards.

  • Direct Marketing Program
  • Responsible for enforcing provisions of the laws relative to Certified Farmers Markets and community supported agriculture.

  • California Organic Program
  • This program is responsible for enforcing provisions of the law which govern the sale of foods labeled as organic.

  • Produce Safety Program
  • This program is responsible for implementing the Produce Safety Program under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). You may find more information by visiting our website at