The Cooperative Grading Service offers voluntary inspection of fresh fruits and vegetables, peanuts, tree nuts, specialty and ornamental crops. The service certifies conformity or nonconformity to United States and other grades or contract specifications. The service is provided by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. The service is available upon request to aid growers, shippers, brokers, receivers, processors, insurance adjusters or other financially interested parties in the packing and marketing of their product. Fees from the applicant make the service self-supporting.
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Food Safety Audit Verification Program for Fresh Produce
GAP Certification Cost Share Assistance
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services has developed the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification Assistance Program. This program will help North Carolina growers with financial support in obtaining a third party audit to verify they are following effective food safety practices.
Request for Audit Services (pdf)
GAP Certification Assistance Letter (pdf)
GAP Certification Assistance Application (pdf)
GAP Certification Authorization (pdf) :
Water Analysis Program
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has developed the Water Analysis Cost Share program. The purpose of this program is to encourage water testing as part of a pre- and post-harvest food safety program for fruit and vegetable crops. The program will assist in paying for the cost of testing irrigation and/or packing house wash water.
Water Analysis Letter
Water Analysis Reimbursement Form
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