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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Audit Programs  
USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service, Fruit and Vegetable Program, Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division Audit Programs offers voluntary independent audits of produce suppliers throughout the production and supply chain. SCI Division Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits focus on best agricultural practices to verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored in the safest manner possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. SCI Division GAP & GHP audits verify adherence to the recommendations made in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and industry recognized food safety practices.

 
In 2013, the USDA Audit Program performed over 3,500 Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) & Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits in 46 states, Canada, and Chile, covering over 90 commodities. Other audit services include food defense protocols and traceability procedures. USDA also provides oversight for commodity specific audits performed to satisfy the requirements of the Leafy Green Marketing Agreement, the California Tomato Growers Cooperative, the mushroom industry, and government purchase programs.

 

 
Breaking News!
Effective July 31, 2013, the certificate issued for the USDA Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Program will look a little different. Click here for more information. (PDF)

 
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Notice to our customers – we have recently upgraded our web reports to an interactive site, where you can search by company, commodity, location, and audit type. For instructions on how to use the new site, click here. (PDF)

 

 
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Resources
 
  FDA Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards (PDF)  
 
  FDA Site - Guidance for Fresh Produce  
 
  Logo Use Policy for Audit Programs (PDF)  
 
  Logo Use Request for Audit Programs (PDF)  
 
See Also
 
  Produce Safety Alliance  
 
  On-Farm Food Safety Project  
 
  Cooperative Extension System Offices  
 
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  Last Modified Date: 09/09/2014