Write a Food Safety Plan
Writing a food safety plan is made easier by taking it step by step. Use the Penn State GAP template, checklists, and logs to start writing your.
Policies and procedures that you need to write down are all based on the USDA GAP audit standards. Updated January 2015.
Harmonized standards for "Field Operations and Harvesting", "Post-Harvest Operations", and "Combined Pre- and Post-Harvest". Also, "Who is endorsing audits using the Harmonized Standards?" and "Who is performing audits using the Harmonized Standards?"
Link to USDA's audit checklist based on the UFPA "Field Operations and Harvesting" Harmonized Standards.
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Every farm has different risks. Here is an example of what one farm's "Field Operations and Harvesting" Harmonized GAP Food Safety Plan might look like.
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You can use this template to write your own "Field Operations and Harvesting" GAP plan.
Use these to document your farm food safety practices.
Guidance on meeting the standards in the USDA "Field Operations and Harvesting" Harmonized audit.
Instructions developed by the USDA AMS Fresh Products Branch to assist officially licensed auditors in the interpretation and application of the Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Program. The material in the this document is useful for growers to understand what USDA auditors expect to see during an audit.