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CDFA has vacancies on standardization, rendering board

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A display in the California Department of Food and Agriculture building's lobby in Sacramento highlights the state's diverse farms.
The panels advise the agency on matters related to their industry.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announces vacancies on its standardization and rendering advisory panels.

The Standardization Advisory Committee advises the CDFA secretary on all matters related to the Standardization Program, as well as reviews proposed regulations and makes recommendations regarding assessment fees, fees to provide adequate inspection services, and the annual budget.

Current openings include fresh fruit members representing oranges, other citrus, and / or table grapes; Fresh vegetable members representing broccoli, lettuce, or tomatoes; Other fresh vegetable members representing any fresh vegetable product subject to standardization; Another fresh fruit member representing melon and cantaloupe; and Member of another product that represents a product subject to the Standardization Program.

The term of the committee members is two years. Board members will not receive compensation, but are entitled to payment of necessary travel expenses in accordance with the rules of the California Department of Human Resources.

Individuals interested in being considered for an appointment should complete the Potential Member Appointment Questionnaire (PMAQ) available here and obtain a letter of recommendation from an industry member. Applications will be accepted until vacancies are filled.

Requests should be sent to Thomas Osborn, CDFA Division of Inspection and Compliance, 1220 'N' Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or by email to [email protected]

For more information on the Standardization Program and STDZ openings, contact Stacey Hughes at (559) 977-5416.

Rendering panel

The CDFA's Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch (MPES) announces one vacancy on the Rendering Industry Advisory Board (RIAB). The RIAB makes recommendations to CDFA’s Secretary on all matters pertaining to the MPES Rendering Program, including:

  • Adoption, modification, and repeal of regulations and procedures
  • Procedures for employment, training, supervision, and compensation of inspectors and other personnel
  • 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 vacancy is for an industry member and the term is 36 months. Applicants must be affiliated with a licensed renderer, collection center, dead animal hauler, or registered transporter of inedible kitchen grease. Members of the board 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 RIAB appointment should send a resume by August 6, 2021 to: Laura Barlow, Program Manager Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch 1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814; [email protected]

Additional information is available on the MPES web page at: You may also contact Paula Batarseh, Branch Chief, Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety at (916) 900-5004.

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