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Processed Fruit and Vegetable Inspection and Certification Services  
AMS Fruit and Vegetable Programís Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division offers a broad range of product certification and acceptance services for canned, frozen, and dehydrated fruits, vegetables, and related products. These services can be tailored to meet specific requirements and can include quality assurance monitoring as well as expert product grading and certification. Evaluations can be based on official U.S. grade standards, Commercial Item Descriptions (CID), or on processor or buyer quality and condition requirements. These user fee services are available upon request to anyone who has a financial interest in these commodities.

For Processors
The service can check overall production quality, augmenting a processorís quality control programs. We can also provide an impartial evaluation of final product quality. Several approved grade and inspection marks can be included on the processorís label. Processors must meet certain contract requirements before this service is implemented and the use of approved grade marks can be authorized.

For Buyers
The service can be used to determine if final products or production operations meet the buyerís requirements. This can be done by officially sampling and grading the final product and issuing an inspection certificate recognized as prima facie evidence in U.S. courts, or by monitoring and evaluating the supplierís quality assurance and production operations.

To Apply for Services
An Applicant should complete the Application for Inspection (form FV-356) and submit the document to their local USDA, AMS, FV, Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division Office.

The Application for Inspection can be found here (PDF).

Information on SCI Division services is continued on the next page.

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