Extension Nutrition Education Program

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) & Harmonized GAP Food Safety Manual

This manual was written and compiled by:

A. Richard Bonanno, Ph.D.

Extension Educator with UMass Extension Agricultural and Landscape Program, Amherst, Massachusetts

Wesley L. Kline, Ph.D.

County Agriculture Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Cumberland County, New Jersey 

Section 1

Introduction

Section 2

Food Safety Background Information & GAP Audit Checklist

Section 3

Traceability

Section 4

Developing a Plan for Third-Party Audits - Guidelines

by Wesley L. Kline, Ph.D.

Introduction: Getting Started and General Questions

Forms

Farm Review

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Field Harvest and Packing Activities

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House Packing Facility

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Storage and Transportation

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Traceback

References

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Wholesale Distribution Center/Terminal Warehouses

USDA Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Checklist pages 22 - 26 pdf icon

Preventive Food Defense Procedures

USDA Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Checklist pages 27 - 30 pdf icon

USDA Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Checklist pages 1 – 31 pdf icon

Good Agricultural Practices / Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Program Scoresheet pdf icon

Section 5

MDAR Cost Sharing & Audit Applications

Section 6

Sample Food Safety Plans

Section 7

MA Water Quality Standards and Testing in Massachusetts

Section 8

Worker Hygiene Training

Section 9

Harmonized GAP Information

Section 10

Additional Educational Materials

Section 11

Appendices

GAP Food Safety and Liability Insurance pdf icon

GAP Factsheet YouTube QR Codes pdf icon

Commercial Laboratories Engaged in the Analysis of Food Products within the Massachusetts Vicinity pdf icon

Equipment, Supplies and Service pdf icon

Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) pdf icon

GAP on Youtube

Richard Bonanno, Ph.D., UMass Extension Educator, University of Massachusetts rbonanno@umext.umass.edu

To view videos click here: http://www.youtube.com/UMEXTAgLand

Part 1:  GAP and its impact on us as growers:    1 of introduction to GAP including a synopsis to what is contained in the UMass Gap manual and UMass GAP website

Part  2:   GAP and its impact on us as growers: Sect 2 of introduction to GAP including a discussion of what growers should consider when deciding to become GAP certified

Part 3:  What initiated the need for a food safety plan: Part 1 of background information on food safety problems over the past few years as well as a discussion of food safety legislation

Part 4:  What initiated the need for a food safety plan: Part 2 of background information on food safety problems and how on-farm practices may have contributed to these outbreaks

Part 5:   GAP Problems observed during third party audits: Part 1 of a discussion of common issues found on farms during a GAP audit focusing on worker hygiene, general farm sanitation, and field packing

Part 6:  GAP Problems observed during third party audits: Part 2 of a discussion of common issues found on farms during a GAP audit focusing on water quality, packing shed issues, and available resources for solving problems

Part 7:  GAP Audit Verification Checklist:  Part 1 of the GAP Audit focusing on general questions about the farm and worker hygiene issues

Part 8:  GAP Audit Verification Checklist:  Part 2 of the GAP Audit focusing on the farm review, water quality, livestock, wildlife, manure, and compost issues

Part 9:  GAP Audit Verification Checklist:  Part 3 of the GAP Audit focusing on field harvesting and packing

Part 10:  GAP Audit Verification Checklist:  Part 4 of the GAP Audit focusing on a continuation of field harvesting and packing

About Authors:

A. Richard Bonanno, Ph.D.
Rich Bonanno is an Extension Educator with UMass Extension and is a co-Principal Investigator on the UMass GAP project. He is also responsible for weed management in vegetable and small fruit crops. He serves as a Public Member to the Massachusetts Pesticide Control Board and is a past-president of the New England Vegetable & Berry Grower's Association. As of 2010, Rich serves as the President for Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation.

Wesley Kline, Ph.D.
Wes Kline is an Associate Professor with the Department of Agriculture and Resource Management at Rutgers University, NJ and an Agricultural Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Cumberland County, NJ. He is an expert in GAP training and implementation and has successfully completed the USDA GAPs auditor’s course. He received his Ph.D. in Vegetable crops from Cornell University and has extensive international experience in countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, Somalia and Ecuador.

For more information on GAP and help in setting up a Food Safety Plan on your farm, contact:

Rich Bonanno
rbonanno@umext.umass.edu
(978) 361-5650