Down time is perfect time to update GAPs knowledge

11/19/2012 05:21:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

As winter sets in and producers have some down town, Texas A&M food safety experts say it's a good time to update good agricultural and handling practices.

"From the small farm to the big organic or inorganic 100,000-acre operation, you have to be aware of current issues and get educated and keep up with the trends of the business," Joe Masabni, an AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, said in a news release.

Most food safety issues stem from two things: fecal matter and human hygiene, according to the news release.

Proper hand washin—lathering up for at least 20 seconds—goes a long way to help address those issues.

Several booklets are available as well as an online training program that can be used to obtain a GAPs certificate.

The certificate shows the person has successfully completed a course on GAPs and the associated food safety practices.

The booklet, Texas GAPs and GHPs Food Safety Training Curriculum, is available for $10 from

The online course can be found at

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