This component will assist MGAP to identify a national Reference Emissions Level, and/or Reference Level (REL/RL) for the forest sector.
This component will assist MGAP and other government agencies in the design and implementation of: (i) a national forest monitoring systems; and (ii) a national information system for multiple benefits, other impacts, safeguards and governance.
We welcome your input on the MGAP
program, as well as the training and education programs that accompany it, because they are designed to help you.
Mushroom farms audited under a documented MGAP
As of August 2010, 62 farms have successfully demonstrated in an audit that they have implemented and are operating under a documented MGAP program.
Most of the practices were already in place, the MGAP merely standardizes them through a science and risk based assessment and sets up the documentation that auditors require.
Representatives of farms and packing houses from across the United States, along with food safety consultants and Penn State faculty, collaborated to develop a comprehensive food safety initiative, based on the MGAP program.
We took the 2005 MGAP, compared it with current third party audit requirements, factored in industry practices to "standardize the standard" and adopted an industry-wide, agreed upon set of good agricultural practices.
Growers really stepped up to the plate in setting up MGAP programs on their farms, dealing with all the documentation and getting their workers involved in the process.
As of December 31, 2009, 49 farms had successfully passed the MGAP audit.
Sergio Nieto-Montenegro outlined the MGAPs
development process and the various educational sessions and training tools developed for the benefit of the mushroom industry.
With the acceptance of MGAPs
throughout the industry, it is clear that growers and packers see the importance of food safety.