Education

GAPs and GHPs Food Safety Training

The acronym GAPs stands for Good Agricultural Practices. These practices are intended to help prevent microbial, chemical and physical contamination of fresh produce at the farm level up to and including harvest. Microbial contaminants include viruses, bacteria and protozoan parasites that cause human illnesses. These contaminants can come from animal feces, irrigation water or even workers handling the produce. As most produce crops are grown outdoors, there are several potential sources for contamination to occur. By adopting and implementing GAPs, you can identify the areas of highest risk and then start practices to prevent contamination from occurring. Most of the training in this manual will deal with prevention of microbial contamination, but chemical and physical contamination will also be discussed.

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Online Course

AgriLife has released a new online course!  Food Safety: Texas GAPs & GHPs covers a vareity of food safety related topics:

  • Overview of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)
  • Microbiology for Producers
  • On the Farm: Microbiology Concerns
  • Understanding the Role of Water
  • The Importance of Employee Hygiene and Training
  • Facility Sanitation and Documentation
  • The Economics of  Food Safety
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Participants will earn a certificate upon completion of the courseware and passing the end of course exam.  To register for the course, go to https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu. Click on “Online Courses”.  Scroll to find the “Food Safety: Texas GAPs & GHPs” course, then click on “Start”.  Register and submit payment.  Once your payment is approved, you will receive an access code and link to the online course via email.

HACCP Training

For details on AgriLife’s HACCP training events and certification, please visit http://foodsafety.tamu.edu.