Farmers already know how to be food safe. GAP-Prep gives them the tools to be compliant.
Cost of Food Borne
According the the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 46% of food borne illness outbreaks are caused by contaminated fresh fruits/vegetables/nuts. This translates into $15 billion dollar economic burden on the United States healthcare department.
Access and Sales
Fresh produce distributors are seeking third-party GAP audit certification before accepting fruits/vegetables from small-scale/local farms.
Comply with New
As of 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now regulating farms considered under the Produce Safety Rule to comply with new industry standards for growing and packing produce. This standard is based off the GAP program. If a farm is GAP-prepped, they are FDA-prepped.
Every farmer should know about this rule. Read more about the newly mandated Produce Safety Rule.
A Good Agriculture Practice or GAP certification, involves farmers taking initiative to ensure that produce from their establishment is not likely to cause food borne illness. This audit is a requirement for most retail or wholesale produce buyers.