Good Agricultural Practices

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) are ways that produce growers can prevent on-farm contamination of fruits and vegetables. GAPs are a new way of thinking about food safety.

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.

Covered harvest wagons help keep birds from contaminating clean harvested produce.

Methods to keep produce as clean as possible and prevent contamination during harvest.

Stainless steel and washable walls, while not always feasible, are important in packhouses such as this one that grows and packages sprouts.

Basic sanitation recommendations for keeping packing areas clean and appropriately sanitary.

Don't allow your pets in the produce field.

Recognize the risks associated with animals and animal manure and learn tips on how to reduce farm food safety risks.

Irrigation is considered preharvest water.

Risk factors associated with the water we use to grow, harvest, and handle fresh produce and how to reduce the risk of contamination.

This set of port-a-johns on a trailer can be easily moved to be accessible to workers.

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.

Washwater Sanitation Video Series

This three-part video series presents the best practices for post-harvest washing of fresh produce.

Esta serie de vídeo en tres partes presenta las mejores prácticas para el lavado poscosecha de productos frescos.