In 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the document entitled, “Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.” The practices outlined in this document are collectively known as Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs). GAPs provide food safety guidance on critical production steps where food safety might be compromised during the growing, harvesting, transportation, cooling, packing, and storage of fresh produce. On the other hand, cGMPs describe the methods, equipment, facilities, and controls for producing processed food.
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