Citrus, Fruit & Vegetable Standardization
What We Do
The Citrus, Fruit, and Vegetable Standardization program monitors and enforces the quality standards for all fresh fruit and vegetables produced and marketed in Arizona.
The program is entirely industry funded through license fees and carton assessments and uses no general fund monies. We work closely with a governor appointed industry advisory council. The Citrus, Fruit and Vegetable Advisory Council meets quarterly and advises the program supervisor on all issues pertaining to Citrus, Fruit and Vegetable Standardization.
Under a cooperative agreement with USDA, CFV manages fresh produce inspections and food safety audits in Arizona for its Federal State Inspection Service. Part of managing the program is performing shipping point and terminal market inspections. The cooperative agreement also requires the division to conduct on-site food safety audits across the state.
Citrus, Fruit, and Vegetable Standardization continues to support the state-wide gleaning program — a collection of wholesome food for distribution to the poor and hungry. This program gathered and distributed over 42.2 million pounds of produce during fiscal year 2011. Since inception in 1993, its distributed over 854 million lbs of produce.
Under at Cooperative Agreement with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the Citrus, Fruit and Vegetable Standardization program will oversee the Implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) Produce Safety Rule. The implementation includes training/outreach and regulatory/compliance.
Where may I see a copy of your most recent annual report?
View our most recent report detailing numerous projects operated within our division.
Produce Safety Questionaire
Under the new FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and PSR (Produce Safety Rule) the Department is required to obtain a Farm Inventory, Provide training and eventually provide inspections. The first step is to acquire the information necessary to complete a “Farm Inventory”. This questionnaire will help us to obtain current and accurate information as well as the ability to assess stakeholders needs. Audience: All Growers, Packers, Harvesters, and Holders (Coolers) of fresh produce
Fresh Produce Grade Inspection
If you need a fresh produce grade inspection, please contact: Nogales 520-281-0783, ext. 3 Phoenix 602-542-0880 Yuma 928-317-1345
Who We Are
Assistant Director: Ed Foster