The NOAA Seafood Inspection Program offers a variety of professional inspection services on a fee-for-service basis which assure compliance with all applicable food regulations and additional buyer specifications. Inspection services include establishment sanitation inspection; system and process audits; product grading and inspection; and, laboratory analyses.
The program offers sanitation inspection as well as system and process auditing in facilities, on vessels, or other processing establishments in order to be designated as approved establishments. Product quality evaluation as well as grading and certification services are available on a product lot basis. Inspectors may be present on a continuous or periodic basis to fit the specific needs of the seafood processor. Certain products may be eligible for stamping with official marks, such as the U.S. Grade A, Processed Under Federal Inspection (PUFI) and Lot Inspection.Inspection services can be provided nationwide, in U.S. territories, and in foreign countries. All types of establishments such as vessels, processing plants, and retail facilities may receive these services. All edible product forms ranging from whole fish to formulated products, as well as fish meal products used for animal foods, are eligible for inspection and certification.
Consultative Services for HACCP or Quality Management SystemOur team of experts can assist you in the development, implementation, or verification of your Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) program to accommodate not only mandatory seafood safety requirements, but also seafood quality characteristics (Quality Management System). This on-site service walks your HACCP and quality management team through the necessary steps to develop a plan specific to the products and processes, to facilitate the implementation of the plan, or to verify an existing operational plan.
Verification requires that at least one person be properly trained, as determined by passage of our test at the end of our HACCP training, or on site service, to monitor the HACCP plan at your facility. At the end of this visit, your facility will:
- Be operating under a working HACCP plan, which may include different commodities; and,
- Be verified, in an official statement from the U.S. Department of Commerce, as a facility that meets the mandatory requirements for seafood safety established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Import/Export Trade and Certification ServicesThe NOAA Seafood Inspection Program offers export certification to facilitate trade of seafood products that meet the unique requirements of each importing country, and any other specific buyer criteria.
The program offers international inspection services to foreign processors and importers in any location to assist industry in meeting U.S. regulations and requirements. Details for these services, including program costs, are available upon request and can be tailored to your particular needs.
Training for the Seafood Industry
The NOAA Seafood Inspection Program offers training for people involved in every aspect of seafood from harvesting, processing, and distribution to retail and food services. The program offers regularly scheduled training on HACCP. The program also offers custom training options including system evaluation training for auditors, sensory analysis, sanitation, developing product specifications, and the popular "Seafood Splash" course for seafood professionals.
U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA Fisheries • 1315 East West Highway • Silver Spring, MD 20910 • Phone (301) 427-8300 • Toll Free (800) 422-2750
- NOAA Inspection Manual
- Inspection & Analytical Services Fees
- Consumer Tips
- Certificate Validation
- "An informed society that has confidence in the seafood that they purchase, sell and consume today and in the future."
- To ensure the safety and quality as well as enhance the marketability and sustainability of seafood products for the benefit of the American consumer by providing science based inspection services to the seafood industry.