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by Greg Alder
on December 5, 2017 at 9:56 AM
Irony? Celebrate California soils, but if an avocado falls from a tree during these Santa Anas and touches California soils then it becomes unsafe and illegal to sell.
by Ben Faber
on December 5, 2017 at 10:06 AM
Yep, as of this week, avocado windfalls are not permitted into the food chain due to food safety issues  
To: California Avocado Growers and Industry Stakeholders  
 
CDFA DECISION MAKES THE HARVEST OF WINDFALL FRUIT ILLEGAL  
 
The Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule prohibits the distribution of produce that drops to the ground before harvesting. The Commission just received notification that effective November 21, 2017, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has changed the California Code or Regulations, removing § 1408.22, “Avocados, Fruit Drop Caused by Extreme Winds.” This section previously allowed for the maturity testing of windfall avocados, starting from the end of an extreme wind event as determined by CDFA. The change in the law was made by CDFA to ensure State law complies with Federal law.  
With this change, the California Code of Regulations no longer allows for maturity testing of avocados after a wind fall event, making any harvesting of wind fall avocados illegal.  
 
Tom Bellamore, President  
Ken Melban, Vice President of Industry Affairs  
California Avocado Commission
 
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