Independent Third Party Certification
Implemented by the The Fruit & Vegetable Inspection Service of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this service provides independent, third party certification of a commodity’s quality anytime within the marketing chain. The program’s staff annually inspects more than 2.1 billion pounds of produce from Colorado, a large part of it being potatoes. Annually, more than 10,000 requests for shipping point and terminal market inspections are processed statewide, utilizing up to 44 Federal/State Inspection Service (FSIS) personnel during peak shipments. The Inspection Service facilitates trade between producer/shipper and wholesale/retail marketers, providing unbiased documentation of size, quality, and condition of potatoes using internationally recognized USDA grade standards.