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Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) & Harmonized GAP Food Safety Manual

This manual was written and compiled by:

A. Richard Bonanno, Ph.D.
Extension Educator with UMass Extension Agricultural and Landscape Program, Amherst, Massachusetts

Wesley L. Kline, Ph.D.
County Agriculture Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Cumberland County, New Jersey 

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Section 1

Introduction


Section 2

Food Safety Background Information & GAP Audit Checklist


Section 3

Traceability


Section 4

Developing a Plan for Third-Party Audits - Guidelines

by Wesley L. Kline, Ph.D.

Introduction: Getting Started and General Questions

Forms

Farm Review

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Field Harvest and Packing Activities

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House Packing Facility

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Storage and Transportation

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Traceback

References

Forms

Wholesale Distribution Center/Terminal Warehouses

USDA Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Checklist pages 22 - 26

Preventive Food Defense Procedures

USDA Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Checklist pages 27 - 30

USDA Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Checklist pages 1 – 31

Good Agricultural Practices / Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Program Scoresheet


Section 5

MDAR Cost Sharing & Audit Applications


Section 6

Sample Food Safety Plans


Section 7

MA Water Quality Standards and Testing in Massachusetts


Section 8

Worker Hygiene Training


Section 9

Harmonized GAP Information


Section 10

Additional Educational Materials


Section 11

Appendices


GAP on Youtube

To view videos click here: https://www.youtube.com/user/UMEXTAgLand

  • Part 1:  GAP and its impact on us as growers: 1 of introduction to GAP including a synopsis to what is contained in the UMass Gap manual and UMass GAP website
  • Part 2: GAP and its impact on us as growers: Sect 2 of introduction to GAP including a discussion of what growers should consider when deciding to become GAP certified
  • Part 3: What initiated the need for a food safety plan: Part 1 of background information on food safety problems over the past few years as well as a discussion of food safety legislation
  • Part 4: What initiated the need for a food safety plan: Part 2 of background information on food safety problems and how on-farm practices may have contributed to these outbreaks
  • Part 5: GAP Problems observed during third party audits: Part 1 of a discussion of common issues found on farms during a GAP audit focusing on worker hygiene, general farm sanitation, and field packing
  • Part 6: GAP Problems observed during third party audits: Part 2 of a discussion of common issues found on farms during a GAP audit focusing on water quality, packing shed issues, and available resources for solving problems
  • Part 7: GAP Audit Verification Checklist:  Part 1 of the GAP Audit focusing on general questions about the farm and worker hygiene issues
  • Part 8: GAP Audit Verification Checklist:  Part 2 of the GAP Audit focusing on the farm review, water quality, livestock, wildlife, manure, and compost issues
  • Part 9: GAP Audit Verification Checklist:  Part 3 of the GAP Audit focusing on field harvesting and packing
  • Part 10: GAP Audit Verification Checklist:  Part 4 of the GAP Audit focusing on a continuation of field harvesting and packing

About Authors:

A. Richard Bonanno, Ph.D.
Rich Bonanno is an Extension Educator with UMass Extension and is a co-Principal Investigator on the UMass GAP project. He is also responsible for weed management in vegetable and small fruit crops. He serves as a Public Member to the Massachusetts Pesticide Control Board and is a past-president of the New England Vegetable & Berry Grower's Association. As of 2010, Rich serves as the President for Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation.

Wesley Kline, Ph.D.
Wes Kline is an Associate Professor with the Department of Agriculture and Resource Management at Rutgers University, NJ and an Agricultural Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Cumberland County, NJ. He is an expert in GAP training and implementation and has successfully completed the USDA GAPs auditor’s course. He received his Ph.D. in Vegetable crops from Cornell University and has extensive international experience in countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, Somalia and Ecuador.

For more information on GAP and help in setting up a Food Safety Plan on your farm, contact:

Lisa McKeag
lmckeag@umext.umass.edu
(413) 577-3976