CT Dept Ag

Connecticut State Department of Agriculture

The Connecticut State Department of Agriculture (DoAG) supports farmers participating in a Good Agricultural Practices program.  You may find information about the program here.

CT DoAG is federally licensed by the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) to perform third party audits.  These are voluntary, audit based programs that verifies adherence to recommendations made in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.

USDA Third Party Audits offered by CT DoAG are:

  • USDA GAP & GHP Audit
  • Produce GAPs Harmonized Food Safety Standard & Checklist
  • Tomato Audit Protocol
  • Mushroom GAPs

*As of 2013, the audit of choice for USDA will be the Produce GAPs Harmonized Food Safety Standard Audit

Each audit process will include:

  • A review of the Farm/Businesses Food Safety Manual which includes the farm/businesses Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • An initial visit to review specified scopes and verify SOPs are being followed
  • At least one unannounced follow up visit as required by the program

Upon completion, the farm/business will receive a certificate from the USDA AMS and be listed on the USDA AMS website.  This listing shows all farms/business that have successfully passed the audit and which parts of the audit are covered.  The audit results are valid for one year.


The cost of the audit is $92.00 per hour plus a $50.00 administration fee.  These fees are billed following the completion of the requested audit. 

Cost share money may be available, contact the Rick Macsuga, Richard.Macsuga@ct.gov or (860) 713-2544, for details.


For more information or to schedule an audit: 

Mark Zotti, Connecticut Department of Agriculture has been assigned to conduct USDA audits.  If your customer accepts a USDA GAP audit program, please contact Mark to make an appointment for your audit (860-713-2538, mark.zotti@ct.gov ).