About Us

DFA of California, founded in 1908, is a non-profit trade association providing support to the dried fruit, tree nut, and kindred product industry through commodity inspection, the Red Seal Program, and the Export Trading Company.

Our History

Established in 1908 as a non-profit trade association, DFA was founded as the Dried Fruit Association and provided commodity inspection services to dried fruit and tree nut processors.

As we expanded our capabilities beyond quality inspection and grew to service new commodities, we entered a transitional period during which we were known as the  American Council for Food Safety and Quality. We have since grown to a full-service food safety organization with over a century of experience in the industry, and are known today as DFA of California. The letters “DFA” no longer carry any specific meaning, but were kept as an homage to our rich history.


With a proud heritage, we are passionately committed to providing solutions that lead to safe food worldwide.


To be a leader of safe food services, who is most admired for its people and partnerships.


  • Customer Service
  • Integrity
  • Efficiency
  • Accountability
  • Innovation
  • Passion