USDA Good Agricultural and Good Handling Practices An Audit Verification Program for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Industry

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The purpose of the Good Agricultural/Good Handling Practices (GAP/GHP) audit program is a voluntary, audit-based program that verifies conformance to generally recognized good agricultural practices and good handling practices as outlined in the Food and Drug Administration’s Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Because the program is voluntary, an audit is only performed at the request of the auditee and is valid for one year. Participants that meet the requirements of the USDA audit program receive a certificate and are listed on the USDA website.
The information provided in this section will provide a brief overview of each scope of the audit checklist that is used to perform an audit. Sections of the audit checklist covered in this publication:

  • General Questions
  • Part 1—Farm Review
  • Part 2—Field Harvest and Field Packing Activities
  • Part 3—House Packing Facility
  • Part 4—Storage and Transportation
  • Part 5—Traceback
  • Part 6—Wholesale Distribution Center/Terminal Warehouse
  • Part 6A—Traceback for Part 6
  • Part 7—Preventative Food Defense Procedures