FAIRFIELD — The state Senate approved a measure by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, on Friday to establish a state commission to help coordinate efforts by state olive growers and oil manufacturers. The bill moves to the governor for his consideration.
“Establishing this commission is a vital first step toward protecting consumers and providing California’s olive oil industry a fair playing field where they can grow and thrive,” said Wolk, chairwoman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Olive Oil Production and Emerging Products, in a press release.
There are 16 active, industry-funded agricultural commissions in California, the press release said.
The bill would create the Olive Oil Commission of California within the Department of Food and Agriculture to allow the industry to conduct research and establish product grades and standards through the secretary of Food and Agriculture.
“We commend the Legislature for its passage of this important measure and applaud Senator Wolk’s vision and support for the continued growth of the olive oil industry in California,” said Patricia Darragh, the California Olive Oil Council executive director, in a press release.
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