Audit Preparation Checklists

To prepare for an audit, growers will find that a checklist can be very beneficial. Each USDA audit standard has its own checklist which details the farm operations covered under that standard.

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Audit Preparation Checklist

USDA/FDA Resources

The USDA and the FDA have aligned USDA’s voluntary Harmonized GAP Audit Program with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. This alignment is the first step the federal government will take to streamline the complex regulatory and market requirements for America’s specialty crops sector.

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The Farmer’s Handbook for the USDA Harmonized GAP Standard

The Farmer’s Handbook for the USDA Harmonized GAP Standard is intended to assist small and mid-scale produce operations in preparing to meet the requirements of that audit, and so improve their opportunities to access markets for fruits and vegetables. The Handbook was developed based on challenge areas small and medium-scale produce operations have consistently encountered in meeting the requirements of the FSMA-aligned USDA HGAP audit.

As a companion to this Handbook, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association provides templates for conducting key risk assessments and for keeping certain critical records.

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Wallace Center GroupGAP/GAP/Food Safety Resources

Taking advantage of the wide variety of available resources can help you get the greatest benefit from the program.

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Food Systems Leadership Network

The Food Safety and Quality Community of Practice (formerly called the GroupGAP Community of Practice) is a place where folks working to provide scale-appropriate and culturally-appropriate food safety technical assistance, training, and certification to local farms and food businesses come together to talk about best practices, lift up good ideas, work through common challenges, and build the relationship.

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