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Produce inspection training courses slated

United Fresh Produce Association has announced the schedule for its 2007 Produce Inspection Training Program. Produce industry members can now register for this program, which helps produce industry receivers, handlers, buyers, shippers, and sellers understand the fundamentals of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) produce inspection process.

Course dates in 2007 are April 16-20; June 18-22, and September 24-28.

Developed by the United Research & Education Foundation, in partnership with USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, this two-part program offers an overview of USDA inspection procedures and standards through lab training courses, classroom lectures, and discussion sessions with USDA trainers.

The Produce Inspection Training Program is developed into two specialized courses: Introduction to Produce Inspection and Advanced Produce Inspection. New for 2007, each advanced course will include the five most commonly requested commodities: grapes, lettuce, potatoes, strawberries, and tomatoes. Each course will be customized with up to 10 more commodities based on the most common preferences.

Attendees may register for the training seminars on the United Fresh web site at, or by phoning Beth Berman at (202) 303-3400, ext 405.

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