Growers across the state of North Carolina are being been trained by N.C. Cooperative Extension agents using the N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training Curriculum. The tiered educational program, consisting of nine training modules (broken into two tiers), teaches growers how to minimize food safety risks. Growers and buyers of fresh produce can search the GAPs Trained Grower Directory by crop to view a list of growers who’ve completed the training and sell that crop.
GAPs Training Curriculum Background
Growers who completed Tier 1 training received at least seven hours of instruction relating to Modules 1 to 6. Modules 1 through 6 address GAPs that are directly related to field production and harvest. The training includes an introduction to common foodborne pathogens and diseases as well as recognizing points of potential contamination, proper use of biosolids as a nutrient source, effective hand-washing procedures, packing facility cleanliness and verifying water quality for field application and postharvest handling.
Growers who completed Tier 2 training received at least seven hours of instruction relating to Modules 7 to 9, plus risk identification and management workshops. Modules 7 through 9 address risk identification and management issues including transportation and traceability, product recalls, liability and insurance options, and crisis communications.
GAPs Trained Grower Directory
Search the database by commodity to locate producers who have completed the N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training Curriculum. The grower entry includes business name, location, contact information and additional crops grown.