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                                 THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SB 1138
          Author:   Cedillo (D)
          Amended:  4/27/10
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE  :  4-0, 4/6/10
          AYES:  Florez, Hancock, Hollingsworth, Wolk
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Maldonado

           SENATE ENV. QUALITY COMMITTEE  :  6-0, 4/19/10
          AYES:  Simitian, Runner, Corbett, Lowenthal, Pavley,  
            Strickland
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Hancock

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  8-0, 5/10/10
          AYES:  Kehoe, Cox, Alquist, Leno, Price, Wolk, Wyland, Yee
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Corbett, Denham, Walters


           SUBJECT  :    Horsemeat and pet food:  Rendering Industry  
          Advisory
                        Board

           SOURCE  :     California Grain and Feed Association
                      Pacific Coast Rendering Association


           DIGEST  :    This bill establishes the Rendering Industry  
          Advisory Board within the California Department of Food and  
          Agriculture (CDFA), and authorizes the Board to make  
          recommendations to the Secretary of CDFA regarding the  
          regulation of the handling and use of animal carcasses,  
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          animal parts, and inedible kitchen grease.

           ANALYSIS :    Current law defines rendering as the  
          recycling, processing, and conversion of animal and fish  
          byproducts and carcasses from the meat, poultry, and  
          seafood industries, as well as used kitchen grease into  
          fats, oils, and proteins that are used primarily as feed in  
          the animal, poultry, and pet food industries. 

          CDFA is responsible for regulating and licensing renderers,  
          inedible kitchen grease transporters, dead animal haulers,  
          and pet food processors.  Current laws and regulations  
          attempt to ensure that all materials that should be sent to  
          a renderer, such as carcasses, oils, used kitchen grease,  
          fats, and proteins, are sent to a rendering facility and to  
          deter the theft of those materials.  The enforcement is  
          funded through a number of annual licensing fees required  
          for operation within the state of California.  

          This bill:

          1.Establishes the Rendering Industry Advisory Board within  
            CDFA, consisting of nine members appointed by the  
            Secretary, seven of whom must be licensed by CDFA.  The  
            members of the Advisory Board will receive no salary, but  
            will be compensated for travel costs.

          2.Authorizes the Advisory Board to make recommendations to  
            the Secretary regarding any issue related to the  
            regulation of the rendering industry, including new or  
            existing regulations, the Department's inspection  
            program, and rates and collection of license fees and  
            penalties.

          3.Requires the Secretary to adopt any regulations necessary  
            to be used by the Advisory Board to implement the  
            requirements of the bill.

           Comments
           
          Proponents state that the advisory board created by this  
          bill provides an opportunity for official interaction  
          between the industry and CDFA to address issues and ensure  
          the program continues to maintain its objectives to  







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          regulate and enforce the laws regarding the rendering  
          industry.  Recently, members of the rendering industry have  
          been encouraging CDFA and the state to undertake more  
          aggressive enforcement.  Through an advisory board, the  
          industry would be able to guide and oversee both the  
          rendering program and the industry to assist the goals of  
          protecting public health, food safety, and the environment  
          in a cooperative and healthy economic environment.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

                          Fiscal Impact (in thousands)

           Major Provisions                2010-11     2011-12     
           2012-13   Fund  
          Board member travel and                 Minor and  
          absorbable                              General
             other expenses

          CDFA support for                                  Minor  
          costs for adopting regulations                    General
             Board activities


           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  5/11/10)

          California Grain and Feed Association (co-source) 
          Pacific Coast Rendering Association (co-source) 


          TSM:nl  5/11/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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