Citrus Fruit & Vegetable Advisory Council
The Legislature established the Citrus, Fruit and Vegetable Advisory Council to support and oversee the industry-funded Citrus, Fruit and Vegetable Standardization (CFV) program which provides quality inspection and food safety auditing for the Arizona fresh produce industry. In 2015, Arizona produced and shipped 3.4 billion pounds, equaling approximately 13.6 trillion servings of fresh fruits and vegetables nationwide. The Council supports and provides direction to the CFV program by reviewing statutes and rules, and recommending changes relating to inspection procedures and training. During 2014, over 45 CFV rules were repealed at the request of the CFV Advisory Council because the rules were considered outdated as the fresh produce industry moves towards essential food safety procedures.
The Council currently oversees the implementation and training for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule that became effective November 2015. This law effect all Arizona fresh produce growers. The Council provides an integral link between the industry and the CFV program, that ensures the program operates in an efficient and effective manner. Under a cooperative agreement between USDA and the AZDA, CFV oversees all Mexican import inspections. The CFV program also administers and provides USDA auditing services to the Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety program.
The council is comprised of seven producers appointed by the Governor:
Two fruit/vegetable producers from Yuma or La Paz County
One fruit/vegetable producers from Maricopa, Pinal or Pima County
One at large fruit/vegetable producer
One at large citrus producer
One iceberg lettuce producer from Yuma County
One apple, grape or tree fruit producer
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