Food and Drug Administration

The FDA inspects food sold for export. FDA inspectors cannot physically inspect every bushel or hundred-weight of food crop manufacturers' export; they request documentation from the exporter and then inspect a percentage of the outgoing shipment (perhaps 10%).The federal government does not require inspections of crops grown, processed, and consumed domestically. Contractors working on behalf of the Federal Grain Inspection Service in each state conduct the mandated inspections. The inspection service records the elevator company who supplied the grain and the buyer slated to receive it. They will also record this information in the case of voluntary inspections (e.g., when a customer requests it of the supplier).

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