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usdagapThis program is intended to assess a participant's efforts to minimze the risk of contamination of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and miscellaneous commodities by microbial pathogens based on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's "Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables."
  • USDA GAP Certification is required in order to sell fruit to any federal government program such as School Lunch, Military, etc.
  • USDA GAP Audits are conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Legislative Update

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering H.R.2749 to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve the safety of food in the global market, and for other purposes. The bill is currently being reviewed by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. View the full text of the bill here. The House bill specifically gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to set safety standards for growing, harvesting, and packaging fruit and vegetables. This includes the regulation of on-farm practices for the first time. The specifics of these standards, including enforcement, will be determined by regulations written at a later date by the FDA.

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