Report 2016-139 Recommendation Responses

Report 2016-139: California Department of Education: It Has Not Ensured That School Food Authorities Comply With the Federal Buy American Requirement (Release Date: July 2017)

Recommendation for Legislative Action

To address the challenges food labels present to ensuring that California's school food authorities purchase domestic food items, the Legislature should work with the California congressional delegation and request that Congress direct the USDA to establish a voluntary certification program through which the USDA could certify that food products are compliant with the Buy American requirement. This certification program should include an indicator, such as a certification logo, that would identify that products comply with the requirement.

Description of Legislative Action

Legislation was not proposed to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: November 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken

All Recommendations in 2016-139