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Food Safety

Food Quality Services

Food Quality Services inspects fruit and vegetable products at receiving warehouses when requested. The Food Quality Services’ inspectors inspect produce to USDA standards as to grade and condition at the applicant’s request.

The benefit of Food Quality Services is the Louisiana consumer gets the freshest fruits and vegetables possible.

The Food Quality Services program also inspects fruits and vegetables purchased by state institutions and school systems. These inspections are on a voluntary basis and performed at vendor sites across the state.

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) & Good Handling Practices (GHP) Audit Services

The Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry, in collaboration with USDA, provides fresh produce farmers, packing facilities and distribution centers in Louisiana with basic Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices (GAP/GHP) audits, as well as, GAPs Harmonized audits (with or without the Global addendum). GAP audits are a voluntary for hire service that certifies a producer’s efforts to provide safe, quality product free from contamination to the consumer. For more information or to schedule an audit, contact Audrey Carrier at our Hammond office at 985-543-4024 or email. The USDA has a number of resources available ONLINE including: GAP certified list of farms and commodities; audit checklists; and Audit Request Form.

Federal & State Meat Programs

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Federal & State Meat Programs, authorized by the Meat & Poultry Inspection Law (RS 3:4201), ensures the wholesomeness and safety of meat slaughtered and processed in Louisiana.

Grading & Certification Program

The LDAF Grading and Certification program ensures the meat, poultry, and seafood products received by state institutions and schools are wholesome and of the highest quality.

All grading and certification is performed by Louisiana Department of Agriculture (LDAF) meat and poultry inspectors.

Louisiana Dairy Producers Refundable Tax Credit Program

Created by ACT 461 of the 2007 Louisiana Legislature, this income tax credit is a direct dollar for dollar reduction against dairy producers’ income tax for the taxable year that is filed with the state.

The total amount of the tax credit that may be given to Louisiana milk producers is limited to $2.5 million dollars per year. Louisiana dairymen may be eligible to receive tax credits ranging from $5,000.00 to $30,000.00. The amount of tax credit is based upon the total claims made to the $2.5 million dollar cap allotment, milk production during the year, milk prices, production costs, and the number of quarters in a year that the USDA Uniform Price drops below the announced production price.

Through the combined efforts of the Louisiana Department of Revenue, LSU AgCenter, Department of Health and Hospitals, and the Federal Milk Market Administrator for Federal Milk Order #7, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will then determine the amount of tax credit that will be administered to producers.