Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices

 

 Good Agriculture Practice and Good Handling Practice (GAP/GHP) is an audit/certification program operated by the USDA to verify that farms use “practices that address environmental, economic and social sustainability for on-farm processes, and result in safe and quality food and non-food agricultural products.” This is a voluntary program typically utilized by growers and packers to satisfy contractual requirements with retail and food service buyers. The audits focus on best agricultural practices to verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored in the safest manner possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards.

For more information please visit the USDA’s website on GAP/GHP audit systems as well as this user’s guide to the program.