accomplished by survey of inspection stamps, inspection reports, can codes, case
codes, car numbers, invoices, manifests, and labels. (For example, the country of origin
can be found in the export document and also is stamped on each box of product.)
Cans or other primary containers may be opened for examination of the product.
2-18. DETERMINE IDENTITY
a. Origin Inspection. Origin inspection is performed on troop issue items by
the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration of the United States Department of Commerce (USDC). This inspection
is performed on each lot produced by a processor to determine if it meets contractual
requirements. When found to be conforming, it is certified and a certificate is issued.
Each shipment received at destination is accompanied by a USDC Certificate (see
Figure 1-6) which provides certain information. This information consists of:
(1) Product description, e.g., Shrimp, Raw, Breaded, Frozen.
(2) Lot numbers and code numbers and date for each lot produced.
(3) Number of containers and pounds produced for each lot.
(4) Stamp number.
(5) Total cases and pounds for the shipment.
(6) Date of shipment.
(7) Official stamp impression that will be placed on each case.
b. Other Inspections. Some contracts are awarded requiring "inspection at
destination only" and some for brand name items, such as Skipper's Deep Sea
Scallops. In either case, there is no origin inspection. Therefore, the veterinary food
inspection specialist is required to inspect for all terms of the contract as stated in the
contract. Normally, it is for identity and condition only; however, part of the identity is to
determine if the product is from an approved source.
(1) Approved sources for crustaceans. For crustaceans to be from an
approved source, the plant must have been inspected and sanitarily approved and listed
in one of the following two publications:
(a) VETCOM Circular 40-1 "Directory of Sanitarily Approved Food
Establishments for Armed Forces Procurement," published by the US Army Veterinary
Command (VETCOM) in CONUS and by major commands overseas.
(b) "Approved List of Fish Establishments and Plants," published by the
United States Department of Commerce (USDC). Products originating from these