In June 2009, the former United Fresh Food Safety Council endorsed a plan to drive harmonization of Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) standards, to reduce audit fatigue and allow operations to focus their food safety resources on achieving food safety, rather than passing audits. This plan evolved into the Produce GAP Harmonization Initiative, an all-industry effort including growers, shippers, produce buyers, government agencies, audit organizations and other stakeholders. During this Virtual Town Hall, panelists from the retail sector, auditing agencies, and extension discuss challenges and success stories as the Produce GAPs Harmonized Standard has evolved to meet industry needs.
Moderator: Gretchen Wall, M.S., Director of Food Safety & Quality, IFPA
- Rebecca Anderson, Technical Key Account Manager, GLOBALG.A.P.
- Jennifer Dougherty, GAPs Team Lead, USDA-AMS Specialty Crops Division
- Wesley L. Kline, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Agricultural Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County
- Steve Strub, Manager of Produce Food Safety, Wegmans Food Markets