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USDA Inspection Jobs

A few years has passed and new management has taken control of the USDA’s fruit and vegetable inspection program.  The layoffs, and cutbacks seem to be a thing of the past, and the USDA is beginning to hire once again.  Because I have received many e-mails asking questions concerning job opportunities within the USDA Inspection […]

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Uniform Sizing

I have written quite a few posts dealing with the different size requirements of some products. Some products have a minimum length, and/or a minimum diameter, while others may have a maximum diameter as part of their US Grade requirements. But what about uniformity? Let’s face it, that is a big complaint that many receivers have, regarding […]

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Digital Images

One of the easiest ways to document and explain a problem you are finding, is to take a digital picture of the defect and e-mail the image(s) to the shipper.  Sounds easy enough, right?  There are few procedures to follow when taking digital pictures, but you first have to decide when a picture is worth the […]

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Chilean Fruit Season

As 2008 comes to a close, it is time to get ready for the shipments of Chilean grapes and stone fruit to hit the U.S.  One of the most common mistakes made is the assumption that all Chilean Fruit, being imported into the United States, has passed a USDA inspection.   The confusion is understandable for a few reasons.  […]

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