GAP Resources and Links

Course Personnel

Diane Wright Hirsch, RD, MPH

Extension Educator/Food Safety


Candace Bartholomew

Extension Educator/Pesticide Education


Mark Zotti

Connecticut Department of Agriculture



GAP Guidance documents, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables 

Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Fruits and Vegetables, February 2008

Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Tomatoes; Draft Guidance

Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Melons; Draft Guidance

Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Leafy Greens; Draft Guidance 

Guide to Produce Farm investigations

Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Post-Harvest, and Valued-Added Unit Operations of Green Onions, February 26, 2010

Guidance for Industry: Reducing Microbial Food Safety Hazards For Sprouted Seeds


Food Safety Modernization Act, FDA


Audit programs

Primus Labs

USDA/AMS, Fresh Produce Audit Verification Program:



Resources for GAP Education/Training and Audits

Cornell National GAP Program

Produce Safety Alliance

Penn State University:

On Farm Food Safety Project


Self audit materials

UC Davis (found on OnFarmFoodSafety site)

Penn State


Writing a Plan

Plan templates (see Write a Food Safety Plan page)

Family Farmed.Org On Farm Food Safety Project

Michigan State University GAP Assistance Manual

North Carolina State University Food Safety Plans


Sample Plan (see Write a Food Safety Plan page)

Penn State Sample Plan (harmonized)



Record Keeping (see Write a Food Safety Plan page)

Cornell National GAPs Program

On-Farm Food Safety


Personal Hygiene—worker health

Connecticut Ill Food Worker Educational Campaign, Department of Public Health

Cornell National GAP Program education materials: (signage)        

University of Florida Good Worker Health and Hygiene Practices: Training Manual for Produce Handlers

US Department of Labor field sanitation regulations



How to take an irrigation water sample

State of Connecticut Water Quality Standards

State of Connecticut Licensed Environmental Laboratories

NRCS Irrigation Information (National Resources Conservation Service)


Soil/flooding/manure use

eXtension Animal Manure Management page 

Best Management Practices (BMPs) to Prevent Manure Pathogen Movement to Water Resources (eXtension)

Composting criteria for animal manure

Guidance for Industry: Evaluating the Safety of Flood-affected Food Crops for Human Consumption



The Produce Traceability Initiative

Model food recall manual, University of Florida


Control of Animals and Wildlife

Deer Control Options

Controlling deer damage in Wisconsin

CT DEP Canada Goose Agricultural Damage Control

Bird Damage Prevention for Northern New England Fruit Growers

Controlling birds on fruit crops


Good Manufacturing Practices/Sanitation

FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices, Title 21, CFR 110

Cornell Online GMP Course


Packing House/Post-harvest Help

UC Davis Postharvest Technology website

Small-Scale Postharvest Handling Practices: A Manual for Horticultural Crops (4th Edition)

Post-harvest chlorination

A Practical Approach to Calculating Dose Values for Water Disinfection

On-farm Food Safety:  Cleaning and Sanitizing Guide

Guidelines for Controlling Listeria monocytogenes in Small- to Medium-Scale Packing and Fresh-Cut Operations: University of California - Davis

Controlling birds around farm buildings, Penn State