SPECIAL INSPECTION PROCEDURES
When a special inspection is performed, the inspector may choose to inspect all
of the components in a menu during the special inspection if it is deemed necessary to
ascertain the true condition of the lot. Otherwise, only the component(s) that exhibited
the defects that initiated the special inspection will be inspected. All defective samples
will be classified by the most serious defect they possess.
a. STEP 1: Determine Lot Size. Lot size is expressed as the total number of
individual suspected defective components as determined during routine inspection
(reached/exceeded Action Number).
Each defective component will be inspected as a separate lot.
(2) To determine component lot size, you must determine which menus
contain the defective component(s) utilizing Table S, Excerpt from Table S, Meals,
Ready-to-Eat, Individual Menus (Table 3-15) and the previous inspection results.
These menus will be the only menus selected for the special inspection.
Table S, Excerpt from Table S, Meals, Ready-to-Eat, Individual Menus
(Table 3-15) is broken down by the year of manufacture and can be found on
the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia website at
DSCP Handbook 4155.2, Appendix A)
b. STEP 2: Determine Sample Size for Each Component and Select
(1) Sample size will be determined in accordance with Table B, Sampling
Criteria for Inspection of Shipping Containers (Special Inspection) (Table 3-2), Table E,
Sampling Criteria for Inspection of Menu Bags and Contents Including Accessory Bags
and Contents (Special Inspection) (Table 3-5), or Table I, Sampling Criteria for
Destructive Open Package Inspection (DOPI) (Special Inspection) (Table 3-9).
(2) Inspect in accordance with applicable defect table (Tables F, G, or J)
(Tables 3-6, 3-7 or 3-10).
(a) For special inspections, good sample representation of the lot is
extremely important to help preclude unnecessary destruction.
1 Grand lots shall be subdivided and a special inspection will be
performed on each sublot/contractor's lot.
2 If routine inspection defects tend to be associated with a certain
lot or lots, these should be inspected as a single unit(s).