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Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
an agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provides standardization, grading, and market news for selected commodity programs, which include cotton, dairy, fruit and vegetable, livestock, seed, poultry, and tobacco
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
an agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture that protects and promotes health of agricultural animals, plants, and other organisms
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
a federal agency that is responsible for ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome, and sanitary (the FDA also ensures safety of medicines, cosmetics, and electronic products that emit radiation)
an unnatural organisms whose genetic makeup has been artificially altered
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
a non-governmental network of the national standards institutes of 157 countries
a legal instrument binding on handlers of certain agricultural products, such as fruits and vegetables, that regulates trade in to assure product quality and flow to the market
Port of Entry
a place where a U.S. customs agent is placed and authorized to collect duties on imported materials
Producer Quality Assurance Programs
guidelines followed by farmers and ranchers to assure the production of quality products and promote consumer confidence in food safety
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