Produce - Preharvest
UC Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
Several publications on the key points of control and management of microbial food safety as part of the management plan of good agricultural practices for produces, handlers and processors of edible horticultural crops.
Produce Safety Alliance (Cornell University)
The Produce Safety Alliance was established at Cornell University with funding from the USDA and FDA. The Alliance is developing a nationwide curriculum to increase understanding of the principles of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and to facilitate the implementation of food safety practices on fresh fruit and vegetable farms and in packinghouses.
On-Farm Food Safety Project
This website includes a free online tool which generates customized on-farm food safety plans based on user input. The tool is designed for use by small to mid-scale fruit and vegetable growers and provides a full set of record keeping tools to document food safety programs.
Commodity-Specific Food Safety Information
- FDA Guidance for Industry: Letter to Firms that Grow, Harvest, Sort, Pack, Process, or Ship Fresh Cantaloupe, Nov. 2011
- FDA Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Melons; Draft Guidance, July 2009
- Growth, Reduction, and Survival of Bacteria on Melon Types
- Industry Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Melon Supply Chain - 1st Edition, Nov. 2005
- Microbiological Safety of Fresh and Fresh-Cut Melons - A Bibiography(PDF 39K)
- FDA Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Post-Harvest, and Processing Unit Operations of Fresh Culinary Herbs, Jan. 2013. (2,063 KB)
- Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Post-Harvest, and Valued-Added Unit Operations of Green Onions, Feb. 2010
- FDA Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Leafy Greens; Draft Guidance, July 2009
- Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Lettuce and Leafy Greens Supply Chain - 1st Edition, April 2006
- California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement - Food Safety Practices - English & Spanish, Aug. 2011
- Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement - Food Safety Practices - English & Spanish, Aug. 2011
- Microbiological Safety of Leafy Green Vegetables - A Bibliography (PDF 174K)
- FDA Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Tomatoes; Draft Guidance - July 2009
- Growth, Reduction, and Survival of Bacteria on Tomatoes
- Industry Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain - 2nd Edition, July 2008
- Microbiological Safety of Tomatoes and Tomato Products - A Bibliography (PDF 64K)
- Outbreaks of Foodborne Disease Associated with Tomatoes
GAPs Information Sites - Other Non-UC Sources
- California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement
- Cornell University GAPsNET site
- Florida Tomato GAPs
- Leafy Greens Guidance (Western Growers Association)
- On-Farm Food Safety This Penn State University website outlines four steps to safer farm practices.
GAPs Training Opportunities
Prior GAPS Courses:
- GAPs Online Produce Safety Course Sponsored by Cornell University.
(See Current Registration link above for the most current course offering).
- More Registration Information
Management of Soil Amendments
- The Dos and Don'ts of Dairy Manure Management
- Managing Manure Applications (PDF 2367 KB)
- US Composting Council
- Test Methods for the Examination of Composting and Compost
- Principles for Preparing Water Quality Objectives in British Columbia (Publication of the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Government of British Columbia, CN. Marr, B. 2001.)
- Bibliography: Food Safety for Perennial Fruit Crops 06-08 (PDF 57 KB)
- Bibliography: General Food Safety Related to Tree Crops 06-08 (PDF 39 KB)
- Bibliography: Tree Crop Food Safety 06-08 (PDF 95KB)
- The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Model Code for Produce Safety (PDF 36K)
- Council on Agriculture, Science and Technology (CAST), Food Safety and Fresh Produce: An Update