International Produce Training

Inspection Guidelines

Use our free online resource for help inspecting fresh fruits and vegetables.

Bookmark this page because IPT provides grade standards, tolerances and common defects for over 40 different kinds of fruits and vegetables.

We also provide fresh produce inspection training on all commodities or your industry-specific commodities.

Also included, are Good Delivery Guidelines established by USDA/AMS/PACA to interpret the maximum tolerances allowable for various fruits and vegetables trucked to locations that are five or more days away from shipping point.  Although the numbers can give guidance concerning whether an f.o.b. contract has been breached, many factors enter into the determination of whether a load of produce meets the terms of a particular contract.  Please contact PACA for further clarification.

To view the USDA’s General Terms and their definitions, please click here.

USDA Inspection standards for fresh fruit.


apple

Apples 

apricots

Apricots 

avocados

Avocados 

blueberries

Blueberries 

cherries

Cherries 

grapes

Grapes 

grapefruit

Grapefruit (CA, AZ) 

florida grapefruit

Grapefruit (FL) 

kiwi

Kiwi 

lemons

Lemons 

limes

Limes 

mango

Mangos 

nectarines

Nectarines 

california oranges

Oranges (CA, AZ) 

florida tangelos

Oranges/Tangelos (FL) 

peaches

Peaches 

pears

Pears (Summer/Fall) 

winter pears

Pears (Winter) 

plums

Plums 

strawberries

Strawberries 

tangerines

Tangerine 

florida tangerines

Tangerines (FL) 

USDA Inspection standards for fresh vegetables.


artichokes

Artichokes 

asparagus

Asparagus 

snap beans

Snap Beans 

broccoli

Broccoli 

cabbage

Cabbage 

cantaloups

Cantaloups 

carrots

Carrots 

cauliflower

Cauliflower 

celery

Celery 

corn

Corn 

cucumbers

Cucumbers 

eggplant

Eggplant 

honeydew melons

Honeydew Melons 

lettuce

Lettuce 

onions

Onions 

peppers

Peppers 

potatoes

Potatoes 

romaine

Romaine 

spinach leaves

Spinach Leaves 

squash

Squash 

tomatoes

Tomatoes 

watermelons

Watermelons