Identity Preservation Program

The Identity Preservation Program is a voluntary service that provides participating companies with independent, third-party verification of the identification, segregation, and traceability of their product's unique, value-added characteristic. Verification is provided at every stage, including seed, production, processing, and distribution.

Buyers are assured that the identity of the product is preserved from the requested stage of production.

Participants develop a comprehensive documented quality management system according to AMS specifications. This includes the identification of the product’s value-added characteristic, which will be sent to the USDA lab to verify claims made. 

Federal auditors verify the effectiveness of the program through an initial validation audit and periodic scheduled audits thereafter.

To apply for fruit and vegetable auditing services, contact the SCI Division, Audit Services Branch at:

Telephone: (202) 720-5021
Fax: (202) 260-8927
Email: FVAudits@ams.usda.gov