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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.

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.

2018 Course Dates & Pricing

Fredericksburg, Virginia

February 5-9, 2018 Full Course (Fundamentals & Labs)

  • February 5-6, 2018 Fundamentals of Produce Inspection *
  • February 7-9, 2018 Commodity Labs
  • 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)

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

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