California Department of Food and Agriculture

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California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is responsible for ensuring California's food safety and for protecting and promoting the agricultural industry. It was established in 1919 by the California State Legislature and signed into law by Governor William Stephens. [1]


  • Animal Health and Food Safety Services – promotes food safety and protects public and animal health.
  • Fairs and Expositions – supports the local efforts of nearly 80 fairs statewide.
  • Inspection Services – ensures that commodities meet quality and labeling standards.
  • Marketing Services – oversees California agricultural marketing programs and 51 promotional boards.
  • Measurement Standards – certifies devices that weigh or measure commodities so that consumers “get what they paid for.”
  • Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services – protects California from exotic and invasive plant pests and diseases.

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  1. CDFA website, Accessed May 10, 2011.

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