Product Quality and Consumer Protection

Program Mission Statement:

The product quality programs serve consumers and the agricultural industry by assuring that agricultural products meet quality standards.

The consumer is assured a quality agricultural product through inspections and compliance with applicable laws. Agricultural businesses are afforded a fair and equitable opportunity to market their products.

Certified Farmers' Markets

  • Assures consumers are only offered products produced by the seller
  • Allows agricultural producers the opportunity to market their products locally and directly to the consumer
  • Investigates complaints and unlawful market practices

Nursery Inspection

  • Reduces pest movement on plants for sale
  • Provide consumers with nursery stock that meets cleanliness standards
  • Monitors shipments of plants for exotic pests

Seed Inspection

  • Ensures quality and weed-free seeds

Organic

  • Registers organic growers
  • Inspects growing sites to assure compliance with the National Organic Program
  • Investigates unlawful organic production practices
  • Investigates complaints about false organic advertising

Related Services

Certified Farmers' Market Registration
Farmers' Market Certified Producer Certificate
Organic Production Registration
Seed Law

Current Job Openings in the Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures

Agricultural Inspector/Biologist I/II and Agricultural Inspector/BiologistTrainee

Agricultural Inspector/Biologist I/II / Trainee is part of a career series for Agricultural Inspector/Biologist Trainee and Agricultural Inspector/Biologist I, II and III. Classes in this series perform a wide variety of inspections to enforce the provisions of the California Food and Agricultural Code, California Code of Regulations, California Business and Professions Code, Structural Pest Control Act, Government Code and County Code pertaining to agricultural and environmental regulations in one or more of the following agricultural program areas: 1) pesticide regulation, 2) investigation and environmental monitoring, 3) integrated pest management, 4) commodity regulation, 5) pest prevention and plant regulation, 6) agricultural land use planning, and 7) agricultural statistics; provide emergency response; and do other related work as required.

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