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The objective of an audit is to identify, review, confirm or document food safety procedures and practices. Third party auditor companies and government agencies provide audits for Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) certification. Developing, implementing and auditing a food safety plan are essential steps in obtaining GAPs certification and can reduce both health and business risks for consumers and growers.

Getting GAPs Certified

The self-audit allows you to assess the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) in use in your business. The objective of a self-audit is to identify, review, confirm or document food safety procedures and practices. Self-audit checklists contain questions that will be asked during the on-site audit and are an excellent pre-audit tool for growers, packers, processors and distributors.

Third-Party Auditors
With the increasing focus on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to verify that farms are producing fruits and vegetables in the safest manner possible, third-party audits are being utilized by the retail and food service industry to verify their suppliers are in conformance with specific agricultural best practices. Third-party auditor companies and government agencies provide audits for GAPs certification.

Food Safety Plans
Consumers and retailers are demanding accountability when it comes to producing, buying and selling fresh produce. Developing, implementing and auditing a food safety plan is an essential step in obtaining Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) certification.

For more information, view the Fresh Produce Safety Mock Audit Slideshow.

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