On April 6, 2017, the FDA Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food became effective. With some exceptions, the rule applies to shippers, receivers, loaders, and carriers who transport food in the United States by motor or rail vehicle. Shippers, receivers, or carriers that have less than $500,000 in average annual revenue are exempt from the rule. Transportation activities performed by a farm are also exempt.

Jeff Janas

As reported in Spotlight on March 9, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) temporarily postponed enforcement of a new regulation requiring the tarping of citrus that is being transported in open trucks to prevent the potential spread of the Asian citrus psyllid.

Enforcement was delayed to provide the citrus industry with additional time to comply with the new rule.

Jeff Janas

A new tarping regulation for citrus loads has been put on hold by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The regulation, which was supposed to go into effect March 1, requires all citrus loads traveling throughout the state to be fully tarped.

It is important for growers to still plan on complying with this regulation, as it will eventually be enforced.

For more information, contact Ken Gilliland at (949) 885-2267. 

The Arizona Department of Agriculture is inviting stakeholders to participate in a series of listening sessions that are “part of the governor’s mission to reduce regulatory burden and promote customer-service-orientated principles” for the agriculture industry and the general public. The Department will not be discussing proposed language changes for the rules, but instead is seeking input about how these rules impact individual businesses and organizations. 

Jeff Janas

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