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Division of Dairy and Commodity Regulation
Commodity Regulation

Contact: Anne Marie Ference for general questions
609-777-0098
David Shang for feed, fertilizer and lime questions
(609) 984-2222

All forms below are in PDF format.

Commodity Regulations

Commodity Registration and License Applications

Commodity Regulation Reports

Label or Registration Violations

 

 

Through a cooperative agreement with the USDA, the Bureau of Commodity Inspection and Grading offers a voluntary grading program for fresh fruits and vegetables, shell eggs, egg products, poultry, seafood and red meat. This effort is critical to the interstate and international shipment of these products and helps to insure a constant supply of high quality, properly labeled fruits, vegetables, eggs, red meat, poultry, fish and seafood products for consumers. The program is supported by user fees. In FY01, the service will continue and, if necessary and feasible, expand in order to provide New Jersey growers and shippers with access to all possible domestic and international marketing channels for their products.

The division also administers the Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Program which is a voluntary program that helps Garden State farmers increase the sales of more than 80 New Jersey fruits, vegetables, salad mixes, shell eggs, milk and cut flowers, not just within New Jersey but across state and international boundaries as well. The program helps New Jersey growers stand out in an increasingly competitive regional and national marketplace.

After registering with the Quality Grading Program, growers are licensed to use the Jersey Fresh logo on their packages. The logo indicates that the contents have been inspected and meet quality standards equal to or better than U.S. No. 1. This inspection standard adds a quality assurance note to the overall Jersey Fresh marketing program that is welcomed by wholesale produce buyers and consumers who want high quality products that are uniformly sized and consistently packed.

With food safety and quality uppermost in consumers' minds, the commodity inspection and grading service offered by the department is particularly important. Inspections and certifications at packing houses and processing facilities help guarantee that the products being shipped or processed meet all grade standards so that the commodities can be shipped domestically and internationally.

Most inspection services provided by the department are paid for by those for whom the inspections are done. Inspected products include shell eggs and liquid, dried and frozen egg products; turkey and chicken; fresh produce, including most fruits and vegetables grown commercially in New Jersey as well as fresh fruits and vegetables received from other growing areas at terminal markets.

The fish and fisheries products inspection program, begun in 1986 and operated in cooperation with the United States Department of Commerce, enables the department to provide a broad range of inspection and grading services to New Jersey's commercial fishing industry, including plant sanitation surveys, product quality grading and export certification. Under its commodity licensing and bonding program, the Division of Dairy Industry and Commodity Regulation offers economic protection for New Jersey farmers who sell perishable agricultural commodities or hay, grain and straw to dealers and brokers on credit basis.

The division also provides field inspection, sampling and laboratory analysis of animal feed, fertilizers and liming material sold in New Jersey. These analyses, coupled with enforcement actions against producers of mislabeled or substandard products, enable the division to protect crop yields and promote animal growth. Label or registration violations (2000, 1999) found during field inspections and analyses result in those items being removed from sale and, in some cases, fines levied against manufacturers and refunds to buyers.

In addition, the division collects and submits samples of biosolids to test for contaminants such as heavy metals to ensure that the United States Department of Environmental Protection Agency's tolerance levels established for such materials are not exceeded.


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