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This summer brought some good news for specialty crop growers in terms of streamlining produce safety regulatory requirements for farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that USDA’s Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Plus+ Audit Program for specialty crops is now accepted as technically equivalent by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).The agency also announced that USDA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed to seek alignment of GAP with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. This is good news for growers because it means that growers who complete a USDA GAP Plus Audit also meet other U.S. and international regulatory and market requirements. That helps cut down on paperwork, saves time and money, and helps to grow markets for specialty crops.Read More