United Fresh is offering its popular Produce Inspection Training Program, the produce industry's only USDA-instructed inspection training program, September 10-14 at the USDA Fresh Products Branch National Inspectors' Training Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
This hands-on training is designed to help produce industry receivers, handlers, buyers, shippers and sellers understand the complexities of the produce inspection process. The program is offered in two specialized courses: Fundamentals of Produce Inspection and the Commodity Labs course.
"Our field inspectors are responsible for ensuring the best quality is distributed to our stores so we can exceed the needs of our customers," says Keith Johnson, Western Area Manager, Kroger-Wesco. "It is imperative that they are trained and educated with a universal process and language - and that is exactly what the United Produce Inspection Training Program has to offer."
This specialized training consists of two courses: Fundamentals of Produce Inspection and Commodity Labs. The 2-day Fundamentals Course is a classroom-based program that covers grading, standards, tolerances, PACA, sampling procedures, and more.
The 3-day Commodity Labs course focuses on hands-on commodity inspections in the lab. Each Commodity Labs course includes inspection of the five most commonly requested commodities: Grapes, Lettuces, Potatoes, Strawberries, and Tomatoes, plus up to 7 additional commodities based on the attendees' most common preferences.
Class size is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The last course in May sold out, so be sure to register your team today! The member registration fee for the introductory course is $895 and $1925 for both the intro and advanced course. If three or more colleagues register for both courses at the same time they each receive a $100 discount!
To learn more, please visit the United Fresh website or click here for Produce Inspection flyer and downloadable registration form. If you have any questions about this or any other United Fresh education program, contact Shannon Young, education manager, at 202-303-3405.
If you receive, handle, buy, ship, or sell produce - this course is for you!