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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 Administrationís Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and industry recognized food safety practices.

In 2014, the USDA Audit Program performed over 3,800 Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) & Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits in 46 states and Canada, 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.

The certificate issued for the USDA Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Program will look like the example provided here. (PDF)

GAP & GHP Audit Services Include:

List of Participating Companies with Acceptable Audits arranged:

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See Also
  FDA Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards (PDF)  
  FDA Site - Guidance for Fresh Produce  
  Produce Safety Alliance  
  On-Farm Food Safety Project  
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  Last Modified Date: 02/09/2015