New Video: What to Expect From a GAP Food Safety Audit

What to Expect From a GAP Food Safety Audit

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audits verify that produce is grown, harvested, packed, and stored in ways that minimize microbial food safety hazards.
GAP audits are voluntary, but they offer significant benefits. These include:
-Protecting the health of your customers
-Reducing economic risk for farm businesses
-Increasing access to market opportunities
Though the audit is voluntary, many grocery stores, restaurants, and institutions (such as schools) require the producers they source from to be GAP-certified. 

We visited Who Cooks For You Farm—a CSA vegetable farm serving Pittsburgh—with Jeff Bertram, a food safety inspector with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, to conduct and film a mock GAP audit with farmer Aeros Lillstrom.
Watch our video to learn more about GAP and what you can expect from a voluntary audit. You can also learn more about GAP certification here.

This video was produced thanks to generous support from the Mellon Foundation.

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By watching our video, you’ll learn…

What GAP certification is and how it differs from a mandatory Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) audit

What paperwork is required to complete a GAP audit

What questions an auditor might ask you about your growing, harvesting, packing, and storage procedures

How an auditor will tour your farm’s fields and inspect your buildings or structures

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