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What is GAP?
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is a general term used to describe policies in place at the farm level to help prevent food safety issues from occurring. GAP audits cover many topics including but not limited to; site history, adjacent land use, fertilizer use, irrigation, pesticide use, worker health and hygiene, harvesting practices, storage, transport, and recordkeeping. There are many different types of GAP certifications offered and some vary by industry. It’s important to check with your buyer(s) to determine which GAP food safety certification is needed as some buyers may require industry specific or GFSI level certifications.
FSC offers certification to the following GAP food safety standards:
In addition, FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) is currently in effect which will make it mandatory for certain operations to have a food safety standard implemented on site by 2018.