Good Agricultural Practices

Commissioner Richard A. Ball discusses the importance of food safety and how it affects everyone—from farm to table. Find out how you can make a difference!

What is GAP?

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is a voluntary certification program which verifies, through an independent third party audit, that sound food safety practices are being used on a farm or produce handling facility. GAP audits focus on the best agricultural practices to verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored in the safest manner possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards.

GAP is also one of the fundamental components of the NYS Grown and Certified Program. NYS Grown and Certified promotes and markets the New York State producers that are meeting the new consumer demand for high quality food. Learn more about NYS Certified here.

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About GAP
GAP for Growers

GAP for Growers

Learn about how you can lower the risk of contamination in your crops.
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GAP for Wholesalers

GAP for Wholesalers

Read more about Good Handling Practices and how you can lower your risk of a food safety recall.
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GAP for Consumers

GAP for Consumers

See the steps growers & buyers are taking to make sure food is safe for you & your family.
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