Professional and Experienced Service
The fruit and vegetable industry is unique. Fresh produce is perishable and requires special handling practices unique to this sector. Buyers and sellers of fresh fruit and vegetables must act quickly when loads arrive with suspected quality issues. Inspections of damaged or deteriorated produce are a vital part of settling produce claims in the event of a dispute.
Jeff Honey has been inspecting produce for over 25 years. His reputation for thoroughness and accuracy is well known in the industry. He gained his experience as an accredited inspector with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). His formal education includes training at the Canadian National Training School for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Inspectors, the U.S.D.A. Terminal Market Inspector Training School, as well as other training sessions directly or indirectly related to produce, training and communication. During his last 5 years with CFIA, he supervised a staff of up to 16 inspectors responsible for performing federal inspections of fresh fruit and vegetables at the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto.
Fresh and Fresh-Cut Fruit & Vegetable Inspections
Generally conducted within 24 hours of the applicant’s request
- report of load shifts and vehicle temperature
- report on marks on packages, including all lot identification marks
- weight checks and count inspections
- inspections for temperature only
- temperature recorder calibration
- witness to the dumping of product
- reporting of condition defects as well as permanent, or grade defects (average percentage and ranges)
- digital images of all defects are emailed to the applicant and, if requested, any other interested party to support the inspection report
- results of all inspections are provided with a preliminary written indication of the results
- a written report, follows within 5 days
All inspections are performed using practices, procedures and terms that are based on recognized Canadian or U.S. government inspection guidelines. The OPMA inspection service also conforms to the Dispute Resolution Corporation’s (DRC) Inspection Standards (www.fvdrc.com).
Samples are drawn at random throughout the lot according to an established and statistically valid sampling plan. Defects are scored according to Canadian or U.S. standards established under the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations or the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. Other factors affecting the marketability of the product can also be scored and reported at the specific request of the applicant.
Digital photographs are taken at the time of the inspection to back up what is reported on the inspection document. The picture provides another means to help a shipper and receiver amicably settle a potential dispute. Please consult the OPMA’s competitive inspection service rates.
How Do You Obtain An OPMA Inspection
Requests for inspection can be made anytime by fax 416.519.8045. Further interpretation of inspection results for the applicant or for the benefit of the shipper is also available from the OPMA including the informal mediation of a dispute.