Jack Dantzler, Director of Grading and Inspections

Commodity grading and inspections is provided through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of Agriculture and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Grading and Inspection Offices

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Services
Consumer Protection Division
117 Ballard Court
West Columbia, SC 29172
803-737-4588 FX: 803-737-4667

Fruit and Vegetable Grading, Inspection, and Auditing

Matt Burleson, Field Specialist Supervisor

Fruit and vegetable grading and auditing services are provided under a cooperative agreement with the USDA at shipping point, receiving locations, and terminal markets to specify grade, count, weight, and other factors important in quality determination. Official certificates of grade are issued by inspectors to verify grade factors.

Good Agricultural Practices Certification

SCDA provides educational services to farm producers to help them prepare for GAP audits. This provides them with the tools they need to prepare for the on-site audit. SCDA only provides assistance with GAP Certification. There are other certification options available to meet industry requirements.

For consultations, contact:

Vanessa Elsalah, Agriculture Outreach Specialist

 Audit Request Forms

SC-237A – Request for Audit Services
SC-651 – Agreement for Participation in Audit Verification Programs

 Audit/User’s Guide

GAP Audit
GAP User’s Guide
Harmonized Standards
Harmonized Field
Harmonized Post-Harvest Operations

 Food Safety Plan/Logs

Example Logs
Small Farmer Food Safety Plan

 Other Resources

Guidelines for Bleach in Sanitizing Water
Safety Posters

 Peanut, Poultry, and Egg Grading

Bryan Lawson, Field Specialist Supervisor

Peanut, Poultry, and Egg grading services are provided under a cooperative agreement with the USDA for farmers stock peanuts, shell eggs, egg products, poultry, rabbits, school lunch programs, and meals ready to eat (M.R.E.) at buying points and processing facilities throughout the state to specify grade and ensure that products meet grade and quality standards. Products are also inspected and certified at export warehouses for international shipments.

Poultry and Egg Grading and Inspection Service
117 Ballard Court
West Columbia, SC 29172
803-737-4588 FX: 803-737-4829

Grain Grading and Inspection

Jack Dantzler, Director
(o) 803-566-0637
(c) 803-351-0540

The South Carolina Grain Grading and Inspection Service services are provided under a cooperative agreement with the USDA. Grading staff works with producers, brokers, receivers, food processors, export marketers, and other related avenues of grain movement to inspect and certify the quality and cleanliness of grain produced or shipped into South Carolina as this grain moves through normal marketing channels.

Grain Inspection and Sampling Policies

117 Ballard Court
West Columbia, SC 29172