Shipping Point Inspections (also called Grade Inspections)
Shipping Point Inspection programs are operated under an agreement between USDA/AMS and the State Seed Department. Tuber inspection is done by federal state inspector, licensed by the USDA and provided for both seed and commercial potatoes.
For certified seed potatoes, lot inspections or shipping point inspections are done during packing and grading of potatoes, after the potatoes have passed field and storage inspections.Tuber inspection grades for fresh and processing potatoes are established under United States Standards for Grades of Potatoes for Processing, and United States Standards for Grades of Potatoes for Chipping, unless otherwise determined by an agreement between buyer and seller.
According to North Dakota rules, seed potatoes can be labeled as follows:
Inspections are carried out at the request of the grower or purchaser by ND State Seed Department potato inspection staff. Inspections are not mandatory for fresh and processing potatoes. Inspections of seed potatoes are mandatory for seed shipped interstate, and voluntary for seed shipped intrastate. (See Labeling Requirements.) Inspections for processing are often used to determine payment to the producer.