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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC


  ( Division 5 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )


  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 3. Animal Quarantine [9501 - 9702]

  ( Chapter 3 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

ARTICLE 3. Establishment of Quarantine [9561 - 9574]
  ( Article 3 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )


The State Veterinarian may establish such quarantine, sanitary, and police regulations as may be necessary to prevent, circumscribe, or exterminate, any condition designated pursuant to Section 9562.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 503, Sec. 1.5. Effective January 1, 2002.)


(a) Subject to the rights and procedures established pursuant to Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 11400) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, and in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to this code, the State Veterinarian shall impose a quarantine if he or she believes, upon any basis reasonably supportable by standard epidemiological practice or credible scientific research, that a population of domestic animals or food product from animals has contracted, or may carry, an illness, infection, pathogen, contagion, toxin, or condition that, without intervention, could transmit an illness that could kill or seriously damage other animals or humans, including, in addition to the original condition, those clinically plausible secondary illnesses, infections, pathogens, contagions, toxins, or conditions arising from the effects of the original.

(b) (1) Because the authority conferred by this section is designed to protect the health and safety of the citizens of this state, the authority shall be interpreted broadly to give full effect to the purpose of protecting the public health and safety and shall be construed to include the imposition of quarantines in the circumstances of natural disaster, whether occurring or imminent, or declared emergencies.

(2) In furtherance of the objectives of the quarantine, the State Veterinarian may impose restrictions not only on the affected animals themselves and the uses to which those animals may be put, but on products produced from, by, or with those animals in order to minimize the risk or spread of food-borne illness.

(3) The State Veterinarian’s quarantine powers set forth in this section expressly include the power to order movement, segregation, isolation, or destruction of animals or food products, as well as the power to hold animals or food products in place.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 447, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2000.)


It is unlawful for any person to move or allow to be moved any of the animals, food product from animals, vehicles, farm equipment, farm products, or other materials that are subject to restrictions established pursuant to Section 9562 or 9569 unless that person has first obtained authorization from the State Veterinarian.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 503, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2002.)


If it is necessary to restrict the movements of animals pursuant to Section 9562, the State Veterinarian may fix and proclaim the boundaries of a quarantine area in lieu of separate, individual orders issued to each owner pursuant to Section 9562. While the boundaries are in force, it is unlawful for any person to move or allow to be moved any such animals from or within the boundaries of the quarantine area, unless that person is authorized to do so by the State Veterinarian.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 503, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2002.)


In addition to actions that may be directed by the State Veterinarian pursuant to Section 9562, the State Veterinarian may:

(a) Regulate, restrict, or restrain the movements of persons, vehicles, farm equipment, farm and dairy products, and other property from or into the quarantine area, or from place to place within it, during the existence of the quarantine.

(b) Impose, as a condition to travel through or within the quarantine area, that no person or vehicle which is permitted to travel on any road or highway shall depart from the road or highway while within the quarantine area.

(c) Order all animals within the quarantine area to be detained for purposes of examination or inspection at any place which is specified by him or her in the order.

(d) Cause to be destroyed all animals or property which may be found within the area that are affected with the disease, infestation, or condition or which have been so exposed as to be dangerous to themselves or other animals.

(e) Require a proper disposal to be made of the hide and carcass of any animal which is destroyed.

(f) Adopt and enforce all necessary regulations for cleaning and disinfecting any premises or property where the disease, infestation, or condition exists or has existed by treatment, disposal, or otherwise, and such other regulations as he may deem necessary to eradicate the disease and to prevent its dissemination.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 503, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2002.)


If the State Veterinarian invokes Section 9562, and the importation of animals, animal products, or other property from any state, territory, or foreign country may transmit, carry or disseminate the illness, infection, pathogen, contagion, toxin, or condition designated pursuant to Section 9562, the State Veterinarian shall prescribe the conditions, if any, under which these animals, animal products, or property may be imported into this state.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 503, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 2002.)


A quarantine shall not be established by one county or city against another county or city on account of the existence of any disease or condition subject to the authority of the State Veterinarian pursuant to Section 9562 or 9569.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 503, Sec. 12. Effective January 1, 2002.)


(a) Any person who negligently or intentionally violates any state or federal law or regulation, including any quarantine regulation, by moving any animal or other article, which by virtue of being pest infested or disease infected, causes an infestation or infection of a pest, animal, or disease, or causes an existing infestation to spread beyond any quarantine boundaries is liable civilly in a sum not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for each act that constitutes a violation of the law or regulation.

(b) The Attorney General, upon request of the State Veterinarian, shall petition the superior court to impose, assess, and recover the sum imposed pursuant to subdivision (a). In determining the amount to be imposed, the court shall take into consideration all relevant circumstances, including, but not limited to, the extent of harm caused by the violation and the nature and persistence of the violation.

(c) The remedy under this section is in addition to, and does not supersede or limit, any and all other remedies, civil or criminal, that are otherwise available to the state.

(d) Any funds recovered pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund for emergency pest or disease exclusion, detection, eradication, and research of agricultural plant or animal pests or diseases. These funds may be allocated to cover costs related to the enforcement of this division. These funds are in addition to any funds appropriated for those purposes pursuant to Section 224.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 289, Sec. 6. (AB 3252) Effective January 1, 2019.)

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