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Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)- Training Classes

The Defense Commissary Agency is in the process of drafting their contracts and it is being reported that the mandatory USDA inspection requirement for fresh fruit and vegetables will be eliminated.  I won’t attempt to guess as to their reasoning, but I have to assume cost-cutting is one of their main motives.  With the USDA charging the vendors approximately $150,000/year for a full time inspector, these cost savings can now be passed onto the customers of the commissaries.

To summarize from DeCA’s own web site:

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) oversees the operation of a worldwide chain of military commissaries. DeCA commissaries provide groceries for cost plus 5% surcharge. Purchasing goods from the commissary saves a family an average of more than 30% compared to shopping at civilian grocery stores. Commissary use is available to Regular Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve Soldiers, to Retirees, and to qualified dependents. Authorized shoppers are required to possess and show a Uniformed Services’ Identification Card (ID).

I have recently been contacted by a few wholesalers who are planning on submitting bids for these contracts and are very interested in training classes for their Q & A personnel.  International Produce Training (IPT) has already designed training classes for some vendors in anticipation of this new DeCA requirement and is capable of meeting these training requirements.  Basing the training class on USDA inspection procedures and policies, IPT offers one day, two day or three day training classes.  All participants, after passing an end of course assessment, will be presented a Certificate of Completion, for attending the fresh fruit and vegetable inspection training class.

The training classes are designed for specific wholesalers, and will be held at their location.  Having the instructor come to their warehouse will save on travel expenses and lost travel time for their employees.  Contact IPT for further information if you have questions about the training classes.

5 Comments on “Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)- Training Classes”

Wondering Says:

I wonder if the USDA will raise their inspection fees to cover the lost revenue from not having the Deca inspection revenue flowing in? We use the USDA as little as possible now, doing our own Q & A.

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brian jones Says:

shippers who have been awarded these contracts must be laughing all the way to the bank. you are awarded a bid for a government contract then complain about the cost of the government. lets face what is really going on here vendors want to cheat on there bids. for example lets say the bid spec is for a no.1 88ct sunkist orange, i can now sell you a sk 88ct orange which is their choice label box will still say marketed by sunkist but it is not there no.1 label its a no.2 how many people not in the indusrty would know this? so with no usda now this can happen on all items, even worse is when rejected loads get repacked and sold, specs are cheated on all the time and who suffers the veterans families who risk there lives. there needs to be checks and balances on any perishable products being sold to the military. can you really expect to trust a vendor to handle there own q/a. 150k/year is excessive so lets eliminate the inspection thats fine, but i would suggest having random spot checks at all delivery locations every office can chip in throughout the country and absorb the cost of say a quarterly inspection. the catch is specs for the bids will be provided and heavy fines will be issued to any vendor who has product either failing to grade specified grade in contract or not meeting required spec for bid

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