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USDA Produce Inspection Training


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.

Register Today for July!

2019 Course Dates & Pricing

July 29-August 2, 2019 Full Course (Fundamentals & Labs)

  • July 29-30, 2019 Fundamentals of Produce Inspection *
  • July 31-August 2, 2019 Commodity Labs
  • Location: Fredericksburg, VA
  • Pricing:
    • Full Course – $1,925 United Fresh Members/$2,325 Non-Members
    • Fundamentals of Inspection – $895 United fresh Members/$1,095 Non-Members
    • Group Discount – $1,825 United Fresh Members (3+ Registrations for Full Course)/$2,225 Non-Member Group Discount (3+ Registrations for Full Course)

Register Today for July!

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

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 principles 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.

If you have any questions, or to be notified when the dates are set, contact United Fresh’s Senior Director, Education & Member Programs, Amanda Griffin at 202.303.3412