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USDA Produce Inspection Training


February 22 – 26, 2016 | Fresno, CA (SOLD OUT)

May 23 – 27, 2016 | Fredericksburg, VA (SOLD OUT)

September 26 – 30, 2016 | Fredericksburg, VA 

2017 dates will be announced soon. To be notified about the 2017 dates, please contact Amanda Griffin at agriffin@unitedfresh.org.

The United Fresh Produce Inspection Training Program, in partnership with the USDA-AMS, affords substantive, hands-on instruction from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) experts to everyone in the produce supply chain.

In just five-days, you’ll return to your business with advanced knowledge in quality standards, inspection grading, and USDA produce procedures and requirements. The program includes a Fundamentals Course* and Commodity Labs

*Note, the Fundamentals Course is a prerequisite to attending the Commodity Labs.

If you receive, handle, buy, ship or sell produce, you should attend this course.

For more information, contact United Fresh’s Senior Director, Meetings & Member Programs, Amanda Griffin at 202.303.3412.

What's Included?

Fundamentals of Produce Inspection* (Days 1 & 2)

In this two-day course, you will learn crucial insight, terminology and must-know, practical information required by everyone handling produce.

Inspection Essentials

  • Interpretation of Standards and Tolerances        
  • FV-237 Request Form
  • GAP and GHP Overview

Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act (PACA)

General Market Inspection Principles

  • Sampling Procedures
  • Lot Accessibility
  • Equipment Overview
  • How to Read the FV-300
  • Appeal Procedures & Re-inspections
  • Lab Demonstration

Types of Inspections

  • Quality and Condition
  • Condition Only
  • Net Weight and Size
  • Digital Imaging

*Prerequisite to Commodity Labs

Commodity Labs (Days 3, 4 & 5)

In this three-day Commodity Lab, you will apply the principals learned in the Fundamentals of Produce Inspection to real product inspections. USDA experts will demonstrate a hands-on examination on a range of commodities.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Commodity Inspections Include Five Standard Commodities:

  • Grapes
  • Lettuces
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Additional commodity examinations are customized to the class’ most common requests. Up to 12 commodities are examined.

2016 Course Dates & Pricing

Fresno, California

February 22-26, 2016 Full Course (Fundamentals & Labs) – SOLD OUT

  • February 22-23, 2016 Fundamentals of Produce Inspection *
  • February 24-26, 2016 Commodity Labs

Fredericksburg, Virginia

May 23-27, 2016 Full Course (Fundamentals & Labs) – SOLD OUT

  • May 23-24, 2016 Fundamentals of Produce Inspection *
  • May 25-27, 2016 Commodity Labs

September 26-30, 2016 Full Course (Fundamentals & Labs) 

  • September 26-27, 2016 Fundamentals of Produce Inspection *
  • September 28-30, 2016 Commodity Labs

*Attendees must attend the Fundamentals Course as a pre-requisite to the Commodity Labs