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 2012, the USDA Audit Program performed over 3,000 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.
Effective November 1, 2013, the USDA checklist for the Produce GAPs Harmonized Food Safety Standard – Field and Harvest Operations is changed to reflect the Standard issued on May 1, 2013. You can go here
to see a summary of the changes made to the Standard. The new checklist can be found here
The USDA checklist for Post-harvest Operations has also been updated. The new checklist can be found here
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
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