Major supermarket chains increasingly are requiring their produce suppliers to provide evidence of compliance with on-farm food safety standards, known as Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). To develop a relevant GAP training curriculum that meets the needs of Pennsylvania growers, supermarkets that operate in the state were surveyed to determine their food safety policies and practices that will impact local produce growers. As supermarket food safety policies become more stringent, Extension can serve a valuable role in helping growers meet new food safety documentation challenges and in facilitating communication about the needs and interests of growers, supermarkets, and consumers.
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Tobin, D., Thomson, J., LaBorde, L. F., & Bagdonis, J. (2011). Developing GAP Training for Growers: Perspectives from Pennsylvania Supermarkets. The Journal of Extension, 49(5), Article 23. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss5/23