a. Partial Inspection Approval Stamp. The partial inspection approval (PIA)
impression stamp is characterized by a circle surrounding an eagle in the center of the
stamp (figure 2-1). As is implied by its name, further inspection is required on the food
product. The PIA stamp is used on category I, (at origin) inspections. The PIA stamp
does not indicate that the food products have been accepted by the government. The
PIA indicates that the product meets specific contractual requirements.
Figure 2-1. Partial inspection approval stamp.
b. Complete Inspection Approval Stamp. The CIA stamp has a square design
surrounding an eagle in the center of the stamp (figure 2-2). This is easily distinguished
from the PIA stamp, which has a circular design. The name of the stamp indicates that
the inspection is complete and that the food has been accepted by the government. The
CIA stamp is used on receipt inspections, (Category II ) on delivery at purchase
inspections. The CIA stamp is used during the final inspection of the food product prior to
transfer of ownership from the contractor to the government. Acceptance on behalf of the
government is normally accomplished by placing the CIA stamp impression on the
contractor's manifest or invoice, which accompanies delivery of the food product.
Figure 2-2. Complete inspection approval stamp.