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Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)

Cornell National GAPs Program LogoGAPs is a voluntary program that verifies the safe growing, handling, packing, and/or holding of produce. Produce growers must participate in a food safety or safe food handling program with annual on-site audits such as the USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHP) certification (or another third-party food handling practices program with annual audits deemed GAPs- or GHP equivalent by the Commissioner) for admission into the New York State Grown & Certified program. The steps needed to become GAPs-certified include:

  1. Attend a GAPs training (optional, but recommended);
  2. Develop a farm food safety plan;
  3. Implement practices and acquire documentation; and
  4. Complete a third-party audit program.

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