GAP and GMP
Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) highlight procedures in the growing, harvesting, processing, packing, cooling, storing and shipping of fresh produce that can prevent, reduce or eliminate microbial hazards. As knowledge regarding food safety changes, so do our measures to address those changes. These will be reflected in GAP and GMP guidelines.
All employees involved in handling our crops serve as inspectors when product moves through their area and are accountable for consistently maintaining our high food safety and quality standards. Good Agricultural Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices are followed from soil to shipping.
Good Agricultural PracticesPacific's GAP program is taught to every employee who works in our fields. It covers the growing and harvesting of our produce, as well as what is required of all individuals involved in these processes. Below is a sample of these requirements.
In the first section regarding growing, ground use and location are outlined to ensure that the land is suitable for the intended use. Also addressed is adjacent land use. This discusses reducing and eliminating the threat of cross contamination into production areas. Soil, compost, seed and water are also outlined to ensure that all inputs used in farming are free of any kind of hazard for the growing crop. Pacific's GAP also outlines the field equipment and and what is required from their drivers. Proper cleaning, sanitation and maintenance of field equipment is described in detail as well as the responsible handling of all machinery used for growing.
The second section is dedicated to harvesting. In here, the proper harvesting, handling and transporting procedures of the harvest are outlined to minimize or eliminate any possible hazards. Packing materials are also discussed - addressing the correct handling and storage of all packing materials or containers. The sanitary operations segment outlines the proper and regular sanitation of harvesting equipment and the responsible behavior of the drivers of the machinery.
The last section of Pacific's Good Agricultural Practices focuses on what is expected of the employees. It describes everything from hand wash stations and sanitation to break areas and proper clothing.
Good Manufactuing Practices These guidelines highlight practices in the processing and packing, storage, and shipping of fresh produce in our Gonzales, California and Yuma, Arizona processing plants. Like the GAPs, the Good Maufacturing Practices lays out for all employees what is required of them. Specifically it addresses preparation for work, the special clothing that is to be worn for their job, personal and equipment sanitation, what is required of visitors, as well as the specifics of truck and forklift drivers, and maintenance, office, production and sanitiation personnel.