Good Agricultural Practices: A Self-Audit for Growers and Handlers

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Self assessment of Good Agricultural Practices and microbial food safety. Designed to be used by growers, packers, and handlers of fresh-consumed horticultural products.

This will provide a brief outline of the fundamental components of microbial food safety that should be part of any comprehensive management plan for growers, specialty crop producers, harvest service operators, distribution and wholesale handlers, direct marketers, and fresh cut processors. The diversity of environments, crop management practices, and handling practices Good Agricultural Practices Self-audit Go to first page make a single approach to food safety planning unrealistic; therefore, this quick reference guide will focus on the key guiding principles of prevention of contamination, reduction of survival, and prevention of cross-contamination for each step, up to consumer handling. Individual food safety planning and management programs may be derived from the application of these principles that are the combined outcome of specific research and practical experience with diverse commodities and crop management systems.


  • Water
  • Soil Amendments
  • Physical Location
  • Personnel
  • Sanitary Facilities
  • Field Sanitation
  • Packing Shed Sanitation
  • Cleansers and Sanitizers
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