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Passing the GAPs

publication date: Nov 1, 2011
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Most of us grow food out in the world, where groundhogs frolic in the carrots, deer wander out of the woods, and people pick and pack the produce. It’s a world of sunshine, rain, dirt, green stuff, bugs, and poop.

In this environment, food safety is pretty basic. You do what you can to keep the poop out of the food; you keep any poop that does get on the food from spreading to other food; and you prevent any poop that’s on the food from growing. In addition to some attention to physical hazards such as broken glass or wood splinters, the whole concept of Good Agricultural Practices really comes down to these three principles.


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