By Tay Fatke, Local Produce Safety Coordinator | Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 –

Cover photo: Expert Tip on GAP Audit Prep Throughout The Year

Whether this is your first audit or you’re a GAP old-timer, preparing for audit day can be challenging if everything is left to the last minute. Since farming isn’t a job that typically has downtime, especially right when your audit will be conducted, we want to offer ways (and recommended dates) to chip away at requirements for efficiently maintaining your food safety program.

Audit Preparation Checklist Tool
Follow the instructions below to complete the Audit Preparation Checklist Tool (.xls), which provides a timeline to complete specific activities. Once completed, print your customized Audit Preparation Checklist Tool, providing specific dates of when activities should be conducted. There should be TWO TIMES to update and print the Audit Preparation Checklist Tool, as you may want to print this document to also accompany your timeline providing an explanation of what the activity entails.


By Patricia Tripp, CFSA’s Local Produce Safety Coordinator


Water is a basic necessity of life and is essential in the production of fresh fruits and vegetables. Not only is water used for irrigation purposes in agriculture, but it is also often used for cleaning purposes before marketing the produce. Water may also be used to protect crops from frost or to apply fertilizers or pesticides. Ensuring that you have clean water on the farm for these practices is an important part of minimizing contamination by disease-causing microorganisms called pathogens. Water can carry pathogens such as Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Norovirus, Salmonella, and E. coli 0157:H7 (more…)