A case study illustrates both the process undertaken by a small produce-processing facility to become certified as having food safety good agricultural practices (GAP) and associated assistance provided by Extension. Information was collected from four U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service audits conducted over 2 years. The audits resulted in certification of the facility for processing southern peas and leafy greens at the Harmonized GAP with Global Markets Program Intermediate Level. The case study details the changes the facility implemented to become compliant with the requirements identified during the audits. It was concluded that broad and extensive Extension training and technical assistance could be needed to help small-scale processors become food safety GAP certified.
Vaughan, B., Hooks, D., & Robinson, M. (2016). Good Agricultural Practices Certification for Small-Scale Produce Processors: A Case of Food Safety. Journal of Extension, 54(6), Article 12. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol54/iss6/12