GAP/GHP: Protecting and Serving Produce Farmers and Businesses

Food safety and GAP regulations are big in the 2012 Hawaii Legislative session….Thoughts? Input; were testifying today and Friday and in the coming months….Read more below about GAP.

 

http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/02/01/gapghp-protecting-and-serving-produce-farmers-and-businesses/

 

Food safety and the prevention of food borne illness is a priority across the food supply chain in the United States.  With the development of better notification systems and increased consumer awareness of food safety, there is a need for greater accountability and for consistent standards and practices across the board.

The produce industry is no exception, when a food borne illness outbreak does occur, the impact on the health and well-being of the consumers can be devastating, and result in the loss of public trust and confidence for an entire industry.  While the USDA is not the regulatory authority for the safety of fruits and vegetables, it does support the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) mission to protect consumers by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of the nation’s food supply.

To help farms and businesses verify their food safety processes, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) offers voluntary, audit based programs for operations throughout the produce supply chain.  The largest of these is the Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices(GAP/GHP) audit verification program.

Read the rest of the article from the USDA Blog   http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/02/01/gapghp-protecting-and-serving-produce-farmers-and-businesses/

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About BIFB

The Big Island Farm Bureau (BIFB) is a Multi-County 501c5 Non-Profit Farm Bureau representing agriculture on Hawaii Island. Our mission is to be the "Voice of Agriculture" by promoting, representing & protecting agriculture on Hawaii Island. We are affiliated with the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation. We are self supporting through projects, events & our social enterprise project Hawaii AgVentures; Membership fees are not charged for our services/programs.

Posted on February 1, 2012, in Food Safety, Government Relations and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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