California Citrus Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
December 18, 2008 Page 2
address. Dr. Ba noted that the total members on the committee are 12 maximum; 9 active members now, and 7 members needed for a quorum. Mr. LoBue inquired as to the procedure to fill vacancies. Dr. Ba explained that California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) sends inquiries statewide to people interested in being appointed by the Secretary. Based on the responses received, CDFA reviews the applications looking at geographic location, specific criteria, etc. The applications of selected candidates are sent department wide for review and comment, if no objections they are then submitted to the Secretary for appointment.
Mr. Bob Blakely commented that there Franco Bernardi and Mr. John Gless
two applications from CCM members, Mr. Mr. Bernardi specifically for the position
vacated by Mr. Damon Corey. Mr. John Gless for Kern County south.
ITEM 4: REGULATION UPDATE
Dr. Ba provided an update on the citrus assessment regulation.
The Office of
Administrative Law (OAL) approved the regulation on citrus assessment. In the content, California Code of Regulations Section 1430.43 had a minor change; the word “oranges” was replaced by “citrus” regarding the late evidence of freezing. The new California Code of Regulations Section 1430.142 sets assessment rates; the regulation has been filed with Secretary of State, effective November 1, 2008. The Department had requested the regulation to be effective October 1, 2008, but OAL was unable to accommodate that request. Some of the elements in the modified regulation include amendments to reflect in clear language that the assessments would be revised to the maximum rate allowable under Food and Agricultural Code Section 48002, specifying how the assessments will be collected, and proposing the repeal of California Code of Regulations Section 1430.44.5 since it overlaps with the proposed regulation.
Mr. Rick Jensen commented that citrus has always been the subject commodity; however, now the language is more specific. When an inspection officer suspects freeze damage, although it isn’t showing yet, they will issue a notice to the shipper. The shipper then takes shipment under their own risk. If the sample shows positive evidence of freezing damage, that load was shipped illegally.
ITEM 5: COUNTY INSPECTION REPORTS
Tulare County: Ms. Marilyn Kinoshita reported that inspections were a couple of weeks late because everyone was waiting for color; the maturity was fantastic for the time of year. Ms. Kinoshita went on to explain that for October, there were a total of 231 tests at 120 houses for a total of 260,000 cartons inspected. There was one test below 8, but the official test was above 8. Ms. Kinoshita reported that for November there were 624