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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #18-016
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SACRAMENTO, March 1, 2018 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is announcing two vacancies on the Avocado Inspection Advisory Committee (AIC). This committee makes recommendations to the CDFA secretary on all matters pertaining to the California Avocado Inspection Program.
This program ensures that avocados purchased by consumers have met standards established by the industry to provide a quality product in the marketplace. The California Avocado Inspection Program protects consumers and growers by providing uniform inspections of avocados, ensuring that the product meets size requirements and contains minimal defects.
The AIC vacancies are for active handlers of avocados. The term of office is up to two years. Members receive no compensation, but are entitled to payment of necessary traveling expenses in accordance with the rules of the California Department of Human Resources.
Individuals interested in being considered for an appointment should complete a Prospective Member Appointment Questionnaire, available at, and attain a letter of recommendation from industry. Nominations will be accepted until the positions are filled. Applications should be sent to Thomas Osborn, CDFA Inspection and Compliance Branch, 1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 or via e-mail to
For further information on the AIC and vacancies, please contact Sam Santander at (760) 743-4712 or


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