Good Agricultural Practices

Information on farm food management and good agricultural practices, including developing a food safety plan to reduce risks during harvest, in the packhouse and from manure. Tips on using sanitizers, controlling listeria and washing produce.

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Various gourds and squash in bins after harvest. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (cbf.org)
Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) - Articles Articles
Microbial food contamination can happen anywhere. This article discusses ways growers can minimize food safety risks by evaluating their farm practices and implementing Good Agricultural Practices. More
Guidelines for Producing Unpasteurized Cider in Pennsylvania
Guidelines for Producing Unpasteurized Cider in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Guidelines for Producing Unpasteurized Cider in Pennsylvania

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

This publication explains how to follow established food safety and sanitation standards that minimize the risk for contamination. More
El acero inoxidable y las paredes lavables, aunque no siempre son factibles, son importantes en las empacadoras como esta que crece y empaqueta brotes.
La reducción de los riesgos de inocuidad alimentaria en las instalaciones de empaque - Articles Articles
Recomendaciones de saneamiento básico para mantener las áreas de empaque limpias y apropiadamente sanitarias. More
Los vagones de cosecha cubiertos ayudan a evitar que las aves contaminen los productos cosechados limpios.
Reducción de los riesgos de inocuidad alimenticia durante la cosecha - Articles Articles
Explore múltiples maneras de reducir la contaminación de las frutas y verduras durante la cosecha. More
Mushroom GAPs Audit and FSMA Resources
Mushroom GAPs Audit and FSMA Resources - Articles Articles
This article lists the information and resources needed to meet Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) standards specific for the mushroom industry. More
Este par de excusados portátiles pueden moverse fácilmente para que sean accesibles a los trabajadores.
Salud e Higiene del Trabajador - Articles Articles
Los productores y los que manejan las frutas y verduras deben tomar todas las medidas posibles de salud e higiene para prevenir su contaminación. More
La irrigación se considera como agua de precosecha.
Usos Seguros del Agua Agrícola - Articles Articles
Los factores de riesgo asociados con el uso del agua que se utiliza en la producción, cosecha y manipulación de las verduras y frutas frescas y como reducir el riesgo de contaminación. More
No permita que sus mascotas entren en el campo.
La Reducción de los Riesgos que Provienen de los Animales y el Estiércol - Articles Articles
Reconozca los riesgos asociados con los animales y el estiércol y aprenda como reducir los riesgos a la inocuidad alimentaria. More
Dark and Light Mushroom Peat Casing Soils Suppress Populations of Listeria and Salmonella
Dark and Light Mushroom Peat Casing Soils Suppress Populations of Listeria and Salmonella - Articles Articles
Studies show that when light peat is replaced with dark peat that contains lower microbial levels, developing plants tend to become more susceptible to diseases. More
Eradicating Listeria Monocytogenes From Mushroom Slicing and Packaging Environments
Eradicating Listeria Monocytogenes From Mushroom Slicing and Packaging Environments - Articles Articles
Now is the time for the mushroom industry to take all possible measures to minimize risks for Listeria contamination. More
FSMA Produce Safety and Preventive Controls Regulations: How Do They Apply?
FSMA Produce Safety and Preventive Controls Regulations: How Do They Apply? - Articles Articles
This article reviews the basics for Produce Safety and Preventive Controls and provides some information on how they may affect the mushroom industry. More
Method for Validating Thermal Sanitization of Mushroom Disk Slicing Equipment
Method for Validating Thermal Sanitization of Mushroom Disk Slicing Equipment - Articles Articles

Method for Validating Thermal Sanitization of Mushroom Disk Slicing Equipment

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Ramaswamy C. Anantheswaran, Hilary Tobin

This study demonstrates the feasibility of thermal sanitization treatment to eliminate L. monocytogenes at niche sites within slicer heads without requiring complete disassembly. More
Penn State Extension Helps Growers Comply with FSMA Regulations
Penn State Extension Helps Growers Comply with FSMA Regulations - News News
Educators are available to consult with growers on their farm operations at no-cost to the grower and help them to see how close they are to meeting the new regulatory requirements. More
Food Safety Modernization Act: Produce Grower Certification Training
Food Safety Modernization Act: Produce Grower Certification Training - Workshops Workshops
$150.00
Fruit and vegetable growers will learn about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety. More
Developing a Farm Food Safety Plan
Developing a Farm Food Safety Plan - Workshops Workshops
This course is designed to assist growers who are writing a USDA Harmonized GAP food safety plan. More
Various gourds and squash in bins after harvest. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (cbf.org)
Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications
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Microbial food contamination can happen anywhere. This article discusses ways growers can minimize food safety risks by evaluating their farm practices and implementing Good Agricultural Practices. More
Tools for Writing a Farm Food Safety Plan
Tools for Writing a Farm Food Safety Plan - Articles Articles

Tools for Writing a Farm Food Safety Plan

Lee Stivers, Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Penn State Extension offers a set of templates, checklist and logs, to assist farmers of fresh fruits and vegetables in writing farm food safety plans. More
Sample Harmonized Food Safety Plan
Sample Harmonized Food Safety Plan - Articles Articles

Sample Harmonized Food Safety Plan

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Lee Stivers

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. More
Template Harmonized Food Safety Plan
Template Harmonized Food Safety Plan - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
You can use this template to write your own "Field Operations and Harvesting" GAP plan. More
Get Your Farm Audited
Get Your Farm Audited - Articles Articles

Get Your Farm Audited

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

There are many commercial auditing companies that will perform an audit on your farm. Check with your buyers to see which ones they approve. More
Flats of tomato seedlings ready to be planted. Photo: Tom Butzler, Penn State
Overview of Coverage Under the Produce Safety Rule - News News
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years. The focus has shifted away from merely responding to contamination events toward establishing systems to prevent them from occurring. More
FSMA Produce Safety Rule - Coverage and Exemption Tool
FSMA Produce Safety Rule - Coverage and Exemption Tool - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
This interactive questionnaire is designed to help you determine your regulatory status with respect to the FDA's Produce Safety Rule, under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). More
Don't allow your pets in the produce field.
Reducing Risks from Animals and Manure - Articles Articles
Recognize the risks associated with animals and animal manure and learn tips on how to reduce farm food safety risks. More
Covered harvest wagons help keep birds from contaminating clean harvested produce.
Reducing Food Safety Risks During Harvest - Articles Articles
Methods to keep produce as clean as possible and prevent contamination during harvest. More
Food Safety Field Training Kit for Fresh Produce Handlers
Food Safety Field Training Kit for Fresh Produce Handlers - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications
$24.00
Guía de entrenamiento en seguridad de los alimentos para productores de vegetales frescos. This flip chart provides food safety tips in both English and Spanish to help train fresh produce handlers. More
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