AMS inspects fresh and processed fruits, vegetables, nuts and specialty products to certify the class, quality, quantity and condition of agricultural products when shipped or received in interstate commerce. Anyone with a financial interest in a load of product may request grading services. Our inspectors, or those of our State cooperators, perform their duties at field locations, in packing sheds, at receiving markets and in processing plants.
Applicants for AMS inspection services may specify the type of inspection required according to U.S. Grade Standards and contract terms, i.e., full inspection (quality and condition), condition only, weight or count only, temperature only, or a combination of these certifications. Services are mostly voluntary, except when mandated by Federal marketing orders.