About Us

DFA offers technical services to growers, packers, processors and food manufacturers to aid in their efforts to maintain the highest standards in food safety and quality. Our services include training and consulting, food safety audits, analytical services by our laboratories, and commodity inspections.

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.

Mission, Vision, Values

Our mission is providing relevant, proactive, and dependable food safety and quality solutions, and our vision is to be the most reputable, innovative organization for food safety and quality. To achieve these goals, we adhere closely to our core values:

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