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Commodity Reference Manual

International Produce Training has announced it is now selling the Commodity Reference Manual.  For those of you that are familiar with the USDA version, you will be pleased to find this manual has included all the information you found useful, plus more.  You will now have PACA’s Good Delivery tolerances at your fingertips, and also some common defects have been added to enhance the manual.  And one more plus, it is half the price.

If you are not familiar with the reference manual, attached is a small sample for you to review.  IPT Commodity Reference Manual Sample 2012

The reference manual contains over 60 of the most common fruit and vegetables.  You will find all the tolerances, defect descriptions and scoring guidelines for the most common defects, storage tips and other useful information.  Included, are all the up-to-date standard changes, and defect scoring guidelines.

  • How much bruising is allowed for a U.S. Extra Fancy Apple?
  • Is tipburn a defect in Cabbage?
  • I’ve heard the term “blanching” on Limes, what is it?
  • What’s the freezing point of Lettuce?

You can find these answers and all your answers when performing your inspections within the manual.

This manual is being purchased by buyers, to give them a quick and easy to use reference guide when rejections come into play, as well as by inspectors (state and industry inspectors) who will use the manual in their day to day inspection activities.  It is compact in size, measuring 4-1/2 by 7 inches, easily fitting in a coat pocket, and has a laminated cover to protect it from the elements.

This is just one of many new resources being developed by IPT.  Look for on-line, or web-based inspection training coming in the near future.

2 Comments on “Commodity Reference Manual”

Edward Siegle Says:

how do I purchase the manual

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