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What is a GAP Audit?

The USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) & Good Handling Practices (GHP) audit verification program, also called GAP audit, is a voluntary certification program that determines if a food producer follows the USFDA’s recommendations on maintaining the safety and quality of fruits and vegetables. A GAP audit certification means that a food producer took proactive steps to maintain food safety and that they can engage in business with customers or suppliers that require GAP certification.

This article briefly discusses (1) the steps to prepare for a GAP audit; (2) technology to help capture food safety hazards and comply with food safety practices; and (3) free GAP audit checklists.

5 Steps to Prepare for a GAP Audit

  1. Read and understand the USFDA’s recommendations for agricultural produce: “Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.”
  2. Review the appropriate GAP audit for you based on your produce and the customer’s requirements.
  3. Conduct internal audits to determine areas for improvement on food safety.
  4. Ensure competency needs are met based on the conducted internal checks.
  5. Request for a GAP & GHP audit.

Technology to Capture Food Safety Hazards

The goal of preparing for a GAP audit is not only to obtain certification and meet customer requirements but also to ensure that a food producer has proactively taken steps to maintain the food safety of the produce. Maintaining an effective and documented food safety process can be costly and time-consuming, particularly if the food producer relies on paper-based documentation. Overcome the challenges of maintaining food safety with iAuditor, the world’s most powerful auditing app. With the iAuditor mobile app and software, food producers can:

  1. Conduct internal audits using mobile-ready food safety and GAP audit checklists
  2. Take photos and describe food safety hazards using the app
  3. Immediately address issues found and assign corrective actions
  4. Save time by generating comprehensive audit reports on the spot. Preview a sample web and PDF report.
  5. Use for free with small teams. Unlimited reports and storage for premium accounts.


Erick Brent Francisco

SafetyCulture staff writer

As a staff writer for SafetyCulture, Erick is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. Prior to SafetyCulture, Erick worked in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail.