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
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
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
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
Irrigation is considered preharvest water.
Safe Uses of Agricultural Water - Articles Articles

Safe Uses of Agricultural Water

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Risk factors associated with the water we use to grow, harvest, and handle fresh produce and how to reduce the risk of contamination. More
Food Safety Tips for Washing Produce
Food Safety Tips for Washing Produce - Articles Articles
Water can move a pathogen from one piece of produce to a large volume of produce. Keep these tips in mind to keep your produce safe. More
Using Sanitizers in Wash Water: Part 1 - Reasons for Washing Fresh Produce
Using Sanitizers in Wash Water: Part 1 - Reasons for Washing Fresh Produce - Videos Videos
This series of three technical videos provides detailed information on best practices to maintain produce quality and safety following the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables. More
Using Sanitizers in Wash Water: Part 2 - Types of Wash Systems
Using Sanitizers in Wash Water: Part 2 - Types of Wash Systems - Videos Videos

Using Sanitizers in Wash Water: Part 2 - Types of Wash Systems

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Lee Stivers

15:11

This series of three technical videos provides detailed information on best practices to maintain produce quality and safety following the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables. More
Using Sanitizers in Wash Water: Part 3 - Correct Use of Sanitizers
Using Sanitizers in Wash Water: Part 3 - Correct Use of Sanitizers - Videos Videos

Using Sanitizers in Wash Water: Part 3 - Correct Use of Sanitizers

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Lee Stivers

15:07

Video: This series of three technical videos provides detailed information on best practices to maintain produce quality and safety when washing harvested fresh fruits and vegetables. More
Photo by Tricia Borneman, Blooming Glen Farm
Keeping Produce Fresh: Best Practices for Producers - Articles Articles
Fruit and vegetable producers can follow these best practices for keeping produce fresh and safe in the field, at harvest, and through proper postharvest steps of cooling, washing, storage, and packing. More
This set of port-a-johns on a trailer can be easily moved to be accessible to workers.
Worker Health and Hygiene - Articles Articles

Worker Health and Hygiene

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Harvesters and handlers must take all possible health and hygiene measures to prevent contamination of produce. More
Stainless steel and washable walls, while not always feasible, are important in packhouses such as this one that grows and packages sprouts.
Reducing Food Safety Risks in the Packhouse - Articles Articles
Basic sanitation recommendations for keeping packing areas clean and appropriately sanitary. More
El Correcto Uso de Desinfectantes
El Correcto Uso de Desinfectantes - Videos Videos

El Correcto Uso de Desinfectantes

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Lee Stivers

9:00

Los productos desinfectantes para el agua de lavado deben ser apropiadamente seleccionados, utilizados y monitoreados para ser efectivos y legales. More
La Seguridad en los Alimentos
La Seguridad en los Alimentos - Articles Articles

La Seguridad en los Alimentos

Montserrat Fonseca Estrada

La seguridad de los alimentos es responsabilidad de todos los que tienen contacto con los mismos. More
Razones para Lavar los Productos Frescos
Razones para Lavar los Productos Frescos - Videos Videos

Razones para Lavar los Productos Frescos

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Lee Stivers

14:49

Las consideraciones de seguridad alimentaria son de importancia crítica durante e inmediatamente después de lavar las frutas y hortalizas frescas. More
Tipos de Sistemas de Lavado
Tipos de Sistemas de Lavado - Videos Videos

Tipos de Sistemas de Lavado

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Lee Stivers

13:57

La necesidad de añadir desinfectantes al agua de lavado depende del tipo de sistema de lavado utilizado. More
Post Harvest Berry Handling
Post Harvest Berry Handling - Videos Videos

Post Harvest Berry Handling

Lee Stivers

13:45

Want to get the most out of your berries at the market? This video highlights important considerations for post-harvest berry handling. More
Manejo en la Postcosecha de Moras y Fresas
Manejo en la Postcosecha de Moras y Fresas - Videos Videos
¿Quiére usted ganar más para sus bayas en el mercado? Este video contiene consideraciones importantes para manejo postcosecha de bayas. More
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