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Title: The National GAPs Program Food Safety Begins on the Farm


1
The National GAPs Program Food Safety Begins on
the Farm
  • An Education and Extension Program Designed to
    Provide
  • Food Safety Information to Farm Owners, Packing
    House Operators, Extension Educators, and
    Agricultural Organizations

2
GAPs Project Goals
  • Develop educational materials to inform growers
    and farm workers about the microbial risks
    associated with fresh fruit and vegetables and to
    assist them in controlling these risks.
  • Plan, develop and implement a series of
    train-the-trainer workshops.
  • Focus on Good Agricultural Practices and Food
    Safety Assurance for the production of safe
    fruits and vegetables.
  • Reach Growers throughout the U.S.

3
A Comprehensive Food Safety Program for Growers
and Packers
  • Growers Guide
  • GAPs Pamphlet
  • CD-ROM
  • Resource Manual
  • Farm Assessment
  • Exhibit Poster
  • Farm Worker Education Materials
  • Website www.gaps.cornell.edu

4
Growers Guide
  • 28-Page, Color Booklet with Specific
    Recommendations and Discussions about Microbial
    Risks Associated with Fresh Fruits and
    Vegetables.
  • Information Includes Foodborne Illness Outbreak
    Statistics and Follows the Production of Fruits
    and Vegetables from Pre-Planting through Packing
    on the Farm.

5
Growers Guide
6
GAPs Pamphlet
  • Highlights Farm Food Safety Issues in a Bulleted
    Format
  • A Quick Way to Learn about Good Agricultural
    Practices
  • Available in Spanish
  • Attention Grabbing
  • Informative and Easy to Read

7
CD-ROM
A CD-ROM containing multiple PowerPoint
presentations. Ready to use or can be modified
as appropriate.
  • GAPs An Overview for Growers and Packers
  • Fruit and Vegetable Microbial Safety Issues
  • Microorganisms of Concern in Production
    Agriculture
  • Reduce Risks of Microbial Contamination During
    Production
  • Reducing Microbial Risks During Harvest and
    Postharvest
  • Teaching Adult Learners
  • The National GAPs Program

8
Resource Manual
  • Information Beyond the Growers Guide
  • Scientific and General References
  • Fact Sheets
  • Supplier Directory
  • Codes and Regulations
  • Alternative Suggestions

9
Farm Assessment
  • Provides a variable risk level for farming
    practices.
  • Unique because it recognizes
    the variety of farming practices.
  • Evaluates many diverse aspects of
    fruit and vegetable production.

10
Exhibit
  • A table top exhibit that can be set up at field
    days or grower workshops. It weighs 56 lbs, can
    be shipped by express courier.

11
Posters
  • A portable roll out poster. Contains similar
    information as the table top exhibit, but can be
    rolled up into a shipping tube. Can be
    customized to your agricultural area and
    practices. Cost 170.00
  • A poster designed for direct marketers informing
    customers what growers are doing to produce safe
    fruits and vegetables.
  • A set of posters designed to educate farm workers
    about the importance of proper handwashing and
    good personal hygiene.

12
Farm Worker Education
  • Development of an educational program targeted
    specifically to farm workers.
  • Program development is a collaborative effort
    with migrant programs, parent organizations, and
    farm worker associations.
  • Materials in development include a series of
    photo-novellas, posters, and a video tape on
    field sanitation and work related hygiene.
  • New York is the pilot state with expansion to
    GAPs collaborators in other states.

13
Website
http//www.gaps.cornell.edu
14
Program Impact
  • The ultimate goal of this program is to reduce
    microbial risks in fruits and vegetables.
  • The National GAPs Program has focused its efforts
    on sharing information on Good Agricultural
    Practices (GAPs) with growers, farm workers,
    extension educators, and researchers.
  • This program was developed to be distributed and
    used by everyone involved in the production and
    distribution of fruits and vegetables.
  • There are currently 16 states across the nation
    involved in the GAPs program.

15
16 States Collaborating
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington

16
The End
17
Acknowledgements
  • This slide set was created by
  • Elizabeth A. Bihn and Robert B. Gravani
  • Images provided by Elizabeth A. Bihn
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