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Seafood Commerce & Certification

Seafood Inspection


Our Seafood Inspection Program maintains contractual agreements with seafood processors and foreign/domestic distributors to provide services supporting compliance with:

  • Applicable food safety regulations.

  • Product quality evaluation.

  • Product grading and certification.

  • Facility and systems compliance.

  • Export health and catch certification.

  • Consultative services.

It's a fee-for-service basis, which assures compliance with all applicable food regulations, servicing establishments such as vessels, processing plants, and retail facilities. Under authority in the 1946 Agricultural Marketing Act, we provide inspection services for fish, shellfish, and fishery products to the industry, nationwide, in U.S. territories, and in foreign countries. The program is the Competent Authority within the U.S. government for issuance of health certificates for export of fish and fishery products to foreign countries.


Inspection and Analytical Fees

Beginning February 1, 2017, the basic hourly fee for full-time, contracted, non-HACCP (food safety), inspection services provided by the USDC Seafood Inspection Program will be $120.00.

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Label Approval

There are standard procedures for processing fishery product labels submitted by official establishments for NOAA Fisheries approval.

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Advertising Your Products

We can help program participants achieve your marketing goals while maintaining compliance with the applicable federal regulations and policies. It is the USDC policy to work cooperatively and constructively with program participants and users of inspected products.

Download policy for advertising services and marks