GAP Audit Series

Event Details

  • Date: 08/19/2024 - 08/29/2024 Aug, 19, 4pm - 5:30pm; Aug. 21, 4pm - 5:30pm; Aug. 26, 4pm - 5:30pm; Aug. 28, 4pm - 5:30pm; Aug. 29, 4pm - 5:30pm
  • Host: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
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Introduction to Food Safety & USDA Harmonized GAP Certification Standard
Do you plan to get GAP (Good Agricultural Practices)-certified under the USDA Harmonized GAP Standard? This FREE five-part training series is for you!

We will take each section of the GAP audit in 1.5-hour sessions and break down, step-by-step, what you need to do to get GAP certified. We will cover all updates to the certification and what we learned from helping farms get GAP certified throughout the year. We love discussion and welcome farmers to come to the webinars with questions.

More information on each session:

Part 1: Introduction to Food Safety & USDA Harmonized GAP Certification Standard
Monday, Aug. 19, 4-5:30 PM

  • Introduction to the produce food safety world, covering different regulations, pathogens, and typical farm hazards. Leave with a complete understanding of the paperwork necessary for a successful audit.

Part 2: General Questions
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 4-5:30 PM

  • General Questions section of the USDA HGAP Certification Standard: Health & hygiene, traceability, documentation, and Food Defense.

Part 3: Field Operations
Monday, Aug. 26, 4-5:30 PM

  • Field Operations section of the USDA HGAP Certification Standard: Agricultural chemicals, soil amendments, harvest practices, and transportation.

Part 4, Post-Harvest Operations
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 4-5:30 PM

  • Post-Harvest Operations of the USDA HGAP Certification Standard: Safely wash and pack produce, clean & sanitize equipment and facilities, and manage cold storage and transportation.

Part 5: Stepping Up to HGAP Plus
Thursday, Aug. 29, 4-5:30 PM

  • Learn how the Harmonized GAP Plus Standard is distinguished from the original USDA Standard; review all additional requirements and discuss when to “step up” to HGAP Plus.
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