California Citrus Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
December 18, 2008 Page 5
Dr. Ba explained that October 22, 2008 the advisory committee recommended to pilot an audit process. An outreach letter was sent to all the industry informing them of the early 2009 start of the Phase I pilot project. These audits are a random process; various commodities may be selected, gathering information as to what assessment is being paid and what standard container they have. The pilot project is set to gather data from audits and reconcile what is occurring. Based on the results may be built structurally into the Standardization process. The budget for the audits is coming from Standardization Advisory Committee. These informational audits will find gaps, if any, and those will be corrected. The citrus advisory committee will be informed of the findings.
Mr. Jensen explained that no selection had been done yet and audit results will be shared with the citrus committee. This audit is to assure that there is a high level of compliance in the industry.
ITEM 9: AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER S REPORT
Ms. Kinoshita reported that Tulare County has been receiving inquires from packing sheds who want to bring fruit from Imperial County, the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) quarantine area, to package. Everybody has to be under a compliance agreement from Imperial County project manager. Treatment in the quarantine language, requires picking, without leaves and stems, in new bins and brushing the fruit. Comment was made that the treatment is a dry brush where they are taking off all the leaves and stems. Ms. Kinoshita raised issues not necessarily of the packing sheds, but of juicing plants as they do not always have the best compliance and it is not clear as to where fruit comes from. Comment was made that the nursery’s at the Home Depot’s, and Lowes, that move a lot of product from region to region are a bigger concern. Mr. Severns recommended that it be best not to bring commodities out of quarintine area.
ITEM 10: CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
Mr. LoBue asked that since this is a new committee should new officers be elected for coming term? Dr. Ba noted that since this was not an action item on the agenda it would need to wait until the next meeting and placed as an action item.
ITEM 11: NEW BUSINESS
Mr. Bob Blakely updated the committee on the Brim A evaluation in Chicago. The second round of testing will be conducted today and tomorrow. Yesterday there were 124 participants and another 100 participants expected today. The evaluation has two