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What is GMP?
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) is a general term used to describe policies in place at the post-harvest handling level (i.e. storage/distribution, cold storage, packinghouse and processing) to help prevent food safety issues from occurring. GMP audits cover many topics including, but not limited to; pest control, storage areas, packaging materials, employee practices, equipment, cleaning & sanitation, building & grounds, chemical files, testing/analysis records, temperature control, allergen control, work health & hygiene, monitoring and recordkeeping. There are many different types of GMP certifications offered and some vary by industry. It’s important to check with your buyer(s) to determine whichGMP food safety certification is needed as some buyers may require industry specific or GFSI level certifications.
FSC offers certification to the following GMP food safety standards:
- PrimusGFS(GFSI level)
- A.P.(GFSI level; only – in connection to a ranch audit)
- HamonizedGAP (Non GFSI level)
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.