2011 MSU Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Assistance Manual

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This manual is meant to act as a guide for growers who are developing a food safety plan to meet the requirements of a USDA GAP Audit during 2011.

The goal of the food safety plan is to implement the objectives outlined in the United States Food and Drug Administration’s “Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.” In addition, the food safety plan is designed to address the guidelines in the United States Department of Agriculture Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Audit Verification Checklist, a copy of which is included at the begging of this notebook (pages 3-32). This manual follows the format of the USDA Checklist.

Keep in mind that this manual is meant as a guide. There may be portions that do not apply to your operation and should be removed. Conversely, you may find it necessary to include additional material to meet the standards of USDA on your farm.

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