Throughout Los Angeles County, the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures (ACWM) employs a team of hardworking men, women and…canines! Our Detector Dogs sniff out plant material in parcels and packages that failed to undergo required pre-shipment inspections. This is all part of our larger effort to protect home gardens, landscaping, nurseries and California agriculture from invasive, destructive insect pests, plant diseases and weeds. We deploy and monitor nearly 30,000 insect traps in residential fruit trees to detect and eradicate infestations of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, Oriental Fruit Fly, Peach Fruit Fly and many others.
Preventing introductions of pests and quickly eradicating those that slip into the county prevents crop and plant damage and decreases needs for pesticides. We also enforce laws and regulations regarding pesticide use by hundreds of growers and licensed pest control companies operating within the county. We inspect thousands of termite fumigations and pesticide applications, providing protection to workers, residents, wildlife, native plants and the environment.
Not only can residents grow gardens free of exotic pests, but thanks to nearly 150 certified farmers’ markets operating year-round under our regulation, consumers can buy fresh, quality produce directly from California farmers.
Consumers purchasing produce, meats, deli products and much more at stores do so via scales inspected by ACWM’s Weights and Measures Bureau, as are all commercial weighing and measuring devices and price scanners in the county. We ensure marketplace integrity by inspecting gas pumps, airport luggage scales, utility meters and quantity labeling on packaged goods, among other things. Homes and lives are protected through our weed abatement program, in which we clear neglected properties of overgrown brush to prevent the spread of wildfires.
The people (and canines!) of ACWM work among you, making this a safe place to live, work, do business, and enjoy the rich bounty of our county and state.