CDFA’s Organic Program is responsible for enforcement of the federal Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, and the California Organic Products Act of 2003. These statutes protect consumers, producers, handlers, processors and retailers by establishment of standards under which fresh agricultural products/foods may be labeled and/or sold as “organic”. The California Department of Public Health enforces laws pertaining to processed products marketed as “organic”.
Enforcement activities are coordinated with the California Organic Products Advisory Committee, the USDA and California County Agricultural Commissioners. Activities include: program administration, County biologist training, initiation of complaint investigation, registration of private certification organizations, and act as an information resource on the California Organic Products Act and California’s organic industry.
CDFA’s Organic Program is funded entirely by industry registration fees, a portion of which is used to support County enforcement activities.
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