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.
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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: