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Food Quality

The Subsistence Food Quality team proactively responds by:

  • Auditing operational rations facilities and verifying compliance and effectiveness of quality systems implemented to ensure they are capable of consistently producing safe and quality rations and the logistical infrastructures that support them
  • Auditing commercial products offered to the government by prime vendors to ensure these are of the best quality and price as those available in the marketplace
  • Performing food defense audits at DLA Troop Support contractors' facilities to ensure products intended for our customers are produced, packaged, assembled and stored in a safe environment and protected from intentional contamination or adulteration;
  • Performing adequacy audits to ensure quality systems and food defense plans submitted by Subsistence contractors are adequate for each procurement and that they reflect current requirements;
  • Develop and monitor the DLA Troop Support integrated pest management and sanitation programs and surveillance and support of those programs
  • Internal/external training programs in the area of pest management, stored product and pest surveillance training, ISO 9000 Quality Systems Auditing, Food Defense Auditing, Food Safety, general quality assurance, etc.

Lead Auditors are considered the Subsistence subject matter experts, and as such, provide internal/external consultative services in the above areas and general support involving complex Subsistence quality assurance issues. In performing these functions, we form and support other members of the DLA Troop Support acquisition team and external personnel supporting our mission by providing reliable and timely auditing results and recommendations so that DLA Troop Support can supply our present and future customers timely and quality safe products at an affordable cost.

Prime Vendor Food Audit Program

The program serves as a means for DLA Troop Support and the Service Headquarters to ensure the quality of the items provided to the War Fighters and other DLA Troop Support customers are at an optimum quality level throughout DLA Troop Support regions. DLA Troop Support Quality Assurance personnel conduct this service with the assistance of representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture AMS Meat, Poultry, Fruit and Vegetable Programs and representatives from the United States Department of Commerce, National Marine Fisheries Service.

These audits are conducted at the Prime Vendor facilities with the customer, service HQ, PV Suppliers, prime vendor staff and DLA Troop Support regional managers / Contacting Officers and/or Account Managers in attendance. Together these representatives form the partnering team that provides our customers with the right item at the right quality level at the right price for the right application.

Prime Vendor Food Audit POC: 215-737-4259

Pest Management

Each year millions of dollars are lost in product destruction and contamination due to pests. Furthermore, we risk adverse affects on human health and the quality of life, reduced customer confidence and extensive facility damage. Additional resources must be expended to control pests.

  • Armed Forces Pest Management Board Resources
    • TG 18: Installation Pest Management Program Guide
    • TG 27: Stored-Product Pest Monitoring Methods
    • TG 29: Integrated Pest Management In and Around Buildings
    • TG 39: Guidelines for Preparing DoD Pest Control Contracts Using IPM
  • Recommended resources to search for further information
    • University of Kentucky
    • Purdue University
    • Penn State University
    • Ohio State University
    • North Carolina State University
    • Iowa State University
    • Clemson University
    • Kansas State University
    • Michigan State University
    • United States Department of Agriculture Research Service
    • United States Department of Agriculture
    • DoD/Armed Forces Pest Management Board

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Pest Management POC: COM: 215-737-3084 • DSN: 444-3084

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