When P & O Cold Logistics (POCL) executives hosted a tour of newly expanded facilities in La Porte TX for a group of foreign dignitaries recently, Dr Larry A Lee, branch chief of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) imports and exports, was also a guest. Lee presented POCL executives with a USDA Certificate of Appreciation for the firm's Food Safety and Inspection Service and its success as a private-industry entity.
The USDA hosts groups of people who are the foreign equivalent of its inspectors at its training center in Huntsville TX, offering classes and seminars. The group then is taken to a nearby facility to show actual inspections and how to interact in specific practices and procedures. This occurs about three times a year.