Produce inspection training programs offered

United Fresh, in partnership with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, is offering three courses of its Produce Inspection Training Program in 2013.
The training sessions are designed to help produce industry members better understand the breadth of the produce inspection process.
The program is offered in two specialized courses, Fundamentals of Produce Inspection and Commodity Labs.
The two-day Fundamentals of Produce focuses on topics such as inspection essentials, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), sampling procedures and general market principles.
The three-day Commodity Labs segment takes place in the lab and applies principles learned to real product inspections. The course will cover grapes, lettuces, potatoes, strawberries and tomatoes, plus up to seven additional commodities.
The training programs will take place at the USDA Fresh Products Branch National Inspectors’ Training and Development Center in Fredericksburg, Va. For more information go here

Originally posted Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012