Proposals may be for but not limited to: research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, food safety and security, education, increased knowledge and consumption, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, conservation, product development, good agricultural practices, good handling practices
, and good manufacturing practices.
The biggest problem involves improper safety practice and good handling practices
that causes food poisoning, the leading exterminator of humankind.
Good handling practices
and maintaining a full display at all times are important components of a profitable pineapple retail program.
Over the past few years the USDA has been auditing growing operations under the "Good Agricultural Practices" and "Good Handling Practices
" audit verification program.
Hence there is an urgent need to provide advice, guidance and direction to them, and this campaign is a tool to demonstrate the benefits of best good handling practices
while encouraging them to adopt such a positive behaviour."
At present, farmers who sell directly to consumers--usually at produce stands and farmers markets--are not required to be audited for "Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices
," the USDA guidelines developed in 1998 and generally referred to as GAP.
The Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices Cost-Sharing Program offers reimbursements for businesses and individuals who successfully complete an initial agricultural or handling audit.
Businesses or individuals may receive up to $400 per year to supplement the costs of one successful, initial Good Agricultural Practices or Good Handling Practices audit.
In the fruit and vegetable sector, AMS provides Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices
Audit Verification (GAP & GHP).
Communicating good handling practices
to employees helps to eliminate the contamination of assembly surfaces by food, drinks or hand oil.
The second provision would give the Mushroom Council the authority, if it chose to use it, to implement and administer food safety programs, including Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Handling Practices
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture made the initial request to develop a GAP and Good Handling Practices
(GHP) Audit Verification Program as a result of NJ growers and packers being asked by retailers to demonstrate their adherence to these programs.