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.
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/
Posted on February 1, 2012, in Food Safety, Government Relations and tagged Food, Food & Drug Administration, Food safety, Foodborne illness, GAP, Good Agricultural Practices. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.