What are GAPs?
Good Agricultural Practices, or GAPs, are the FDA guidelines for minimum sanitary and safety requirements to be used while growing and harvesting crops. These requirements include the areas of:
- Site selection
- Manure handling
- Irrigation methods
- Equipment, field, and storage sanitation
- Worker hygiene and training
- Proper storage temperature maintenance
For example, before a farmer begins planting crops, he/she will create a blueprint of the specific practices needed to maintain the safety of all those connected with the operation, especially the end-user.