USDA Federal-State Audit Program
Oregon Department of Agriculture offers GAP and GHP certification under the USDA Federal-State Audit Program. These audits are based on the Food and Drug Administration´s Guidelines to Minimize Microbial Contamination for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
and is a nationally recognized cooperative partnership between the USDA, the State of Oregon and other federal/state inspection services.
The auditing services are performed on a voluntary basis at the request of our customers. With twenty USDA trained and licensed auditors located in seven districts across the state, we can provide GAP/GHP certification in a timely, cost effective manner. This service gives the consumers of Oregon´s produce the confidence that they have purchased the best quality produce that was also handled in a manner to reduce the potential of microbial contamination.
Good Agriculture Practices
GAP certification is verification of practices on the farm that minimize microbial contamination in the production of fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts.
The audit consists of verifying compliance with three sections of the USDA Federal/State Audit Checklist
; General Questions, Farm Review, and Field Harvest-Field Packing. The General Questions are constructed to verify the implementation of a basic food safety program. The Farm Review questions verify that hazards associated with land use and water are mitigated, and the Field Harvest and Field Packing questions verify the implementation of precautions and practices that mitigate microbial contamination during harvest and field packing. GAP certification audits are conducted during harvest when harvest crews are operating.
Good Handling Practices
GHP certification is verification of practices in the handling and packing operation that minimize microbial contamination in the handling of fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts. The audit consists of verifying compliance with four sections of the USDA Federal/State Audit Checklist
: General Questions, House Packing Facility, and Storage and Transportation. The General Questions are constructed to verify the implementation of a basic food safety program on the farm. The House Packing Facility questions verify that hazards associated with receiving and packing product are mitigated. The Storage and Transportation questions verify the implementation of precautions and practices that mitigate microbial contamination during storage and transportation of fresh produce. GHP audits are performed when the packing operation is running and workers are present.
The federal/state audit program does not audit processed fruits and vegetables. Verification of food processors is provided by the Oregon Department of Agriculture Food Safety Program