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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING


          AB  
          384 (Perea)


          As Introduced  February 18, 2015


          Majority vote


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          |Committee       |Votes |Ayes                |Noes                  |
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          |Health          |17-0  |Bonta, Maienschein, |                      |
          |                |      |Bonilla, Burke,     |                      |
          |                |      |Chávez, Chiu,       |                      |
          |                |      |Gomez, Gonzalez,    |                      |
          |                |      |Lackey, Nazarian,   |                      |
          |                |      |Patterson,          |                      |
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          |                |      |Ridley-Thomas,      |                      |
          |                |      |Rodriguez,          |                      |
          |                |      |Santiago, Thurmond, |                      |
          |                |      |Waldron, Wood       |                      |
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          |----------------+------+--------------------+----------------------|
          |Appropriations  |17-0  |Gomez, Bigelow,     |                      |
          |                |      |Bonta, Calderon,    |                      |
          |                |      |Chang, Daly,        |                      |
          |                |      |Eggman, Gallagher,  |                      |
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          |                |      |Eduardo Garcia,     |                      |
          |                |      |Gordon, Holden,     |                      |
          |                |      |Jones, Quirk,       |                      |
          |                |      |Rendon, Wagner,     |                      |
          |                |      |Weber, Wood         |                      |
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          SUMMARY:  Repeals the current January 1, 2016 sunset date, thereby  
          making permanent, the $100 food safety fee within the California  
          Department of Public Health (DPH) paid by persons engaged in  
          manufacture, packing, or holding of processed food in California.   
           
          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, $640,000 in annual fee revenue (Food Safety Fund) will  
          continue to fund three DPH staff and activities in the food  
          industry training and education program (Program).


          COMMENTS:  According to the author, the fee whose sunset is being  
          removed is used to fund the education and training of food  
          processors in the safe handling and prevention of microbial  
          contamination of food products.  The author notes the food  
          processing industry requested and supported the initiation of the  
          fee to fund the program, and has requested and supported previous  
          extensions of the fee.  With the proven success of the Program,  
          the industry is now comfortable with the removal of the sunset,  
          making the fee and program permanent. 


          In response to dramatic news stories of food contamination, AB  
          1559 (Cardoza), Chapter 727, Statutes of 1997, established the  
          Program within DPH.  AB 1559 contained sunset provisions for the  
          program that were subsequently legislatively extended several  
          times.  The current program will expire on January 1, 2016.  This  








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          bill would delete the sunset provision entirely, making the  
          Program and fee permanent. 


          The California League of Food Processors, sponsor of this bill,  
          recognizes that safety training provided by this program is  
          critical in avoiding contamination incidents.  The California  
          Chamber of Commerce supports this bill, noting that the Program  
          has been a highly effective collaboration between industry and  
          government, particularly providing multi-lingual training to food  
          processing workers on the basics of food safety, sanitation and  
          best management practices.

          There is no known opposition to this bill. 



          Analysis Prepared by:                                               
                          Dharia McGrew / HEALTH / (916) 319-2097  FN:  
          0000600