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Fruit and Vegetable Inspections

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Under a Cooperative agreement with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, NMDA is responsible for providing accurate and unbiased fresh fruit, vegetable, and nut inspections; and Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices/Harmonized GAP/Harmonized GAP+ audits on an extensive list of fruits and vegetables. The audits, market, and shipping point inspections provided to industry help promote the growth of agriculture in New Mexico.

As defined in the Produce Marketing Act no person shall act as a broker, dealer, or packer without first obtaining a license from the board. This excludes cash buyers. (NMAC 21.25.5)

Fruit and Vegetable License Applications

Fruit & Vegetable Licensing definitions, information, and applications for brokers, dealers, and packers can be found here on the Fruit & Vegetable License Applications page.

Terminal Market Inspections and Audits

To request Terminal Market Inspections (Includes Mexico onion imports and Canadian onion exports), Shipping Point Inspections, or Audits please contact the Las Cruces Office below:

NMDA Marketing & Development
Fruit & Vegetable Inspection Service
MSC 5600, PO Box 30005
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8005
Inspection request Info. (575) 646-2752
Inspection request submission via FAX (575) 646-3303
Inspection request submission via E-Mail: f&
Both Audit and Inspection requests require a completed SC-237 or SC-237A which you can find through the links provided below.

Peanut Grading Station – Portales, NM

Peanut Grading Station
721 E Lime St.
PO Box 483
Portales, NM 88130
PH: (575) 356-8393 FAX: (575) 356-6464

See how PGS handles peanut inspections here. 

Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Program Resources

Federal Schedule of Fees for Terminal Market Inspections (Including Mexico import Inspections and Canadian export Inspections):

All Terminal Market Inspection requests (Includes Mexico onion imports and Canadian onion exports requests) must be accompanied by a completed SC-237 Request for Inspection. Inspection requests will only be confirmed and scheduled when an SC-237 has been correctly completed and submitted.

Audit Fees: $155 per hour for all commodities.* 

* Harmonized GAP+ Audits will include a $250 Benchmark GFSI fee paid directly to USDA. An hourly charge for review of the Harmonized GAP+ audit may also be charged by USDA.

All Audit requests must be accompanied by a completed SC-237A Request for Audit. Audit requests will only be confirmed and scheduled when an SC-237A has been correctly completed and submitted.

Jorge A. Sandoval
Fruit & Vegetable Inspection Service Program Supervisor
Cell: (575) 339-5041
Office: (575) 646-2752