Good Agricultural Practices
GAPs are about taking all possible measures to prevent contamination as fresh produce moves through production and distribution systems. Every grower should take time to learn about potential food safety hazards that can occur on the farm or orchard and take preventative steps to prevent contamination with harmful microbes.
GAPs are also about protecting your business. They not only prevent the public from illness, but they also protect your farm business from the economic consequences of food contamination.
Methods to keep produce as clean as possible and prevent contamination during harvest.
Basic sanitation recommendations for keeping packing areas clean and appropriately sanitary.
Recognize the risks associated with animals and animal manure and learn tips on how to reduce farm food safety risks.
Risk factors associated with the water we use to grow, harvest, and handle fresh produce and how to reduce the risk of contamination.
A summary of the responsibilities that harvesters and handlers need to take seriously to prevent human contamination of produce, and what farm supervisors and owners need to do to support a health and hygiene program.
This three-part video series presents the best practices for post-harvest washing of fresh produce.