GAP and GHP Audit Program

USDA Updates Produce GAPs Harmonized Food Safety Audit Checklists

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is updating the Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Harmonized Food Safety Standards for field operations, harvesting, and post-harvest operations. The changes will align the USDA food safety audit checklists with the newly released Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiatives Standards.

Good Agricultural Practices The Path to GroupGAP Certification

The USDA GroupGAP Program is a farm food safety certification method developed by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division. GroupGAP provides specialty crops producers new local and national market access by meeting buyers’ Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification requirements, verifies food safety compliance by all members of participating groups, and strengthens rural economies.

USDA Announces New GroupGAP Program for the Produce Industry, Helping Smaller Producers Reach New Markets

Release No. #085-16

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the official launch of GroupGAP, a new certification program that helps small and mid-sized growers and cooperatives meet retailers' on-farm food safety requirements.

Understanding Food Quality Labels

A Guide to AMS Grade Shields, Value-Added Labels, and Official Seals

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides American agriculture with valuable tools and services, such as grading, certification, and verification, that help create marketing opportunities.  Through these services we guarantee the quality of American food and add value to American products.   View the factsheet to learn more about the list of the labels and standards AMS verifies.