Proposed USDA Information Collections on Specialty Crop Inspection
The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is inviting comments through Sept. 28 on a new information collection entitled “Specialty Crops Inspection Division Order Forms.” Upon approval of this collection AMS will submit a request to merge it with a separate collection entitled “Regulations Governing Inspection Certification of Fresh & Processed Fruits, Vegetables & Other Products.”
AMS provides a nationwide inspection, grading and auditing service for fresh and processed fruits, vegetables and other products to shippers, importers, processors, sellers, buyers and other financially interested parties on a user fee basis. The use of services is voluntary and is made available only upon request or when specified by some special program or contract. Information needed to carry out these services includes the name and location of the person or company requesting services, the type and location of the product to be inspected, the type of inspection being requested, and the product or type and scope of audit requested.
AMS is requesting approval of forms FV-380, Order Form for USDA SCI Division Inspection Equipment and Miscellaneous Items; FV-387, SCI Alternate Payment Application; and FV-357, Notification of Entry. Forms FV-380 and FV-387 are used to order equipment and other miscellaneous items from the SCI Division’s supply depot. Form FV-357 is a notification of entry of imported products covered under Section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. This form addresses products such as fresh and processed fruits, vegetables, nuts and specialty crops. It notes the port of entry and the type of inspection (quality and condition) required for the products.