Bryan Lawson, Director

Consumer Protection Division
117 Ballard Court
West Columbia, SC 29172
Main: 803-737-4588  |  Fax: 803-737-9867

Federal-State Inspection Services are provided through cooperative agreements between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. We provide commodity grading, inspection, and auditing services across the state at farms, processing facilities, terminal markets, shipping, receiving, import, and export locations to specify grade, count, weight, and other pertinent factors for quality determination to meet commodity specifications and standards.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Inspections and Auditing Program

Matt Burleson, Field Specialist Supervisor
803-351-8898 (C)
803-737-2523 (O)

Mailing: 117 Ballard Court
Physical: 350 Ballard Court
West Columbia, SC 29172
Main: 803-737-4588  |  Fax: 803-737- 9867

USDA Audit Branch GAP/GHP

Inspection Request Form

SC-237 – Inspection, Reinspection, Appeal

Audit Request Forms

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

Audit/User’s Guide

GAP-GHP Checklist
Harmonized GAP Checklist
Harmonized GAPs Plus Checklist
Harmonized GAP Plus Standard
Tomato Open Field Harvest and Packing Checklist
Tomato Packinghouse Checklist
Tomato Food Safety Audit Protocols

Food Safety Plan/Logs

Example Logs
Small Farmer Food Safety Plan

Other Resources

Guidelines for Bleach in Sanitizing Water
Safety Posters
Specialty Crops Inspection Division Vendor Form
Create a SCEIS Vendor Account
GAP Cost Share Application

Farmer Stock Peanut Program

Program hires approximately 130 seasonal employees starting in July to work during the Peanut season (September thru December) each year. We provide services to 12 buying point stations located in the following counties:

  • Allendale
  • Calhoun
  • Clarendon
  • Conway
  • Darlington
  • Florence
  • Marion
  • Orangeburg
  • Sumter

Poultry and Egg Program

Ann Sims, Field Specialist Supervisor

117 Ballard Court
West Columbia, SC 29172
Main: 803-737-4588  |  Fax: 803-737-9867