March 3, 2020 – -The Almond Alliance of California, the California Grain & Feed Association and the California Seed Association are sponsoring AB 3103 (Dahle) on “Agriculture Laboratory Testing.” The bill would authorize the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary to authorize state accredited, certified, or licensed laboratories to be established or designated for testing, sampling, and analyzing agriculture products.

The current CDFA Center for Analytical Chemistry (CAC) is experiencing a backlog and delay of sample turnaround time when testing fruits, vegetables, nuts, animal feed, and milk to ensure that pesticide and chemical levels are within the safety range established by national and international standards. This piece of legislation would simplify and expedite the process for testing, sampling, and analyzing agriculture products.