Founded in 1986, the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Inspection and Standardization Agencies is a voluntary organization comprised of state inspection programs responsible for the shipping point inspection of fresh fruit, vegetables, peanuts and tree nuts.
AFVISA was organized to promote and attain more uniformity between states, member agencies and the federal government. Annual conferences are held to exchange information among the member agency officials and affected industries, and to develop model laws and regulations to facilitate commerce among the states.
AFVISA has two main objectives. First, to promote a close understanding between the states' Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Inspection and Standardization Agencies and the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service and related agencies regarding the inspection and standardization of fresh products.
AFVISA's second objective is to provide a forum where member agencies' personnel can formulate and promote policies for maintaining and implementing effective Fresh Fruit and Vegetable and Standardization Services.