Growing the future of Alabama Agriculture

Alabama Federal-State Inspection Service is a self supporting division of the Alabama Department of Agricultue and Industries operating under USDA Federal cooperative agreements. We are not only an inspection service for peanuts, grain, fruit and vegetables but weigh sample, and do Alfatoxin analyses. ALFSIS also performs Good Agricultural and Good Handling audits for the farm and other types of agricultural industries by trained and USDA licensed auditors. Read our History page to learn some more about how we were instituted.

Honesty and Impartiality are the foundation stones of the inspection services. We instill these core values into every USDA licensed auditor we train.

The overall program is accomplished under two cooperative agreements between the USDA and the Alabama Department of Agricultures and Industries. Separate financial records are kept for each agreement.

A state director appointed by the commissioner of the department supervises all work. Fresh Products Branch of USDA directs the operations of peanut inspection, fruit and vegetable inspection, and terminal market offices. Federal grain inspection services supervises the technical aspects of the grain, weighing, and commodity work. However, the state function and fiscal activities of these sections are under the director’s jurisdiction.

Peanuts

Farmers Stock Peanuts:

August through November of each year, we are grading Farmers’ Stock Peanuts which have been harvested locally.  We service 30 Buying Points throughout Southeast and Southwest Alabama.  We hire approximately 200 temporary employees, who are licensed under the authority of the United States Department of Agriculture to work at these buying points during the harvest season.  These peanuts, which are in wagons and semi-trailers, are sampled and inspected to determine the percentage of specified quality factors.  All inspections are carried out following rules and regulations of the USDA.  After being graded, each load of peanuts has an official Inspection Certificate with the Quality determination

 

Milled Stock Peanuts:

We have three Shelled Stock offices located in Headland, Enterprise and Samson.  We currently provide services to three large Shelling Plants on a daily basis and to some individually owned Shellers, as needed.  All domestic & imported peanuts are inspected in accordance with USDA grade standards and USDA Minimum Quality Standards.  These inspections are required on all peanuts before entering the edible market.  Official Certificates are issued to ensure the peanuts meet quality standards and grade requirements.

Audits

The State of Alabama offers voluntary independent audits of produce suppliers throughout the production and supply chain.  These include farms and warehouses both large and small.  The State of Alabama follows the USDA guidelines for GHP/GAP (Good Handling Practices / Good Agriculture Practices).  There are several scopes that the State follows that are tailored to fit your farm or warehouse.  As Inspectors, we work with you to ensure that you can verify that fruit & vegetables are produced, packed, handled and stored in the safest means possible, to minimize the risks of food safety hazards.

 Most companies are now requiring that the food they acquire is traceable from the field to the table.  Inspectors verify adherence to the recommendations made in the “Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits & Vegetables”.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/gapghp

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

Shippers of fresh produce can have their commodities graded for quality and condition at shipping point locations in Alabama to establish the quality of the product. Receivers use the grading services to determine whether a shipment meets contract terms and to help select the best use for a particular shipment. Institutional buyers and government agencies use services to ensure deliveries meet required specifications. Processors have their raw commodity deliveries inspected using grading services to determine payment to growers. Industry members also find grade reports useful in determining produce storage life and choosing the best use for particular lots.

 

Grain

The Mobile headquarters of the Alabama Federal-State Inspection Service deals primarily with grain, for both export and inter-state use, throughout the year. Corn, soybeans, and wheat are harvested locally as well as brought in by truck and rail car to the Alabama State Docks. This grain is then sampled and inspected to determine its quality and condition before being stored. In addition to grain being inspected before storing, the Mobile office also inspects grain that is shipped overseas. Japan, China, and Mexico are just a few of the countries that import soybeans, wheat, and corn from the United States. All of this grain must be inspected to verify that it meets USDA standards. Export ships transport a lot of grain, over 100,000,000 pounds, so it is important that the weighing and inspection of this grain are carefully monitored and that USDA standards are enforced. As well as inspecting the grain, it is our responsibility to inspect the vessel itself prior to any grain being loaded. This is to ensure that there is nothing that could contaminate or harm the grain such as rust, leftover cargo from prior shipments including coal dust, as well as insects.

Brazil Nuts

The Mobile headquarters of the Alabama Federal-State Inspection Service samples and inspects brazil nuts imported to the United States using USDA standards and guidelines. These brazil nuts are sent to a USDA laboratory to ensure consumer safety. For more information regarding the inspection of Brazil nuts call the Mobile office at (251) 438-2549.

2021 Interview Dates & Locations

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Welcome to Alabama’s FSIS

On this website you will receive all the information you need to get your harvest sampled and graded. We have separate sections detailing our services on PeanutsWheatFruit and Vegetable, and the GAP & GHP Audits.

Our Mission

Our responsibility is to provide honest and impartial inspections and audits to members of Alabama’s agriculture industry. Read more on how we operate in the About Us section. If you’d like to meet the people behind our service, check out our Staff page.

Employment

 

If you are visiting this website for job availability, check out our Calendar page which lists interview dates and details. This work consists of sampling, grading, and assisting in grading of peanuts during harvest season as they arrive at buying points throughout south Alabama.