What are GMPs?
Good Manufacturing Practices, or GMPs, are the minimum sanitary and processing requirements issued by the FDA (under section 520 of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act) that a company must uphold.
Within the foodservice industry these typically consist of maintaining:
- A clean kitchen
- A safe water supply
- Good personal hygiene of all employees
- A consistent and thorough employee training system
- An up-to-date pest control program
Most foodservice industry companies use GMPs to write more specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and to implement a comprehensive food safety program.