Are you a grower in Hawaiʻi?
Then this website is for you!
This website offers information to help growers understand the practices to grow, harvest, wash, sort, pack, and transport most raw fruits and vegetables based on Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP. GAP are voluntary guidelines to reduce microbial risks in fruits and vegetables. Using these practices will help growers meet expectations for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule and audit requirements.
Our site is specifically designed to cater to the unique farms in Hawaiʻi because of our:
- Small to medium farm sizes
- Specialty crops
- And ethnically diverse workforce
If you’re just starting to get your farm on GAP, please visit the Step-by-Step tab at the top of the page to get specific instructions and find some helpful information. Also, feel free to contact us with questions.
Please note: to be FSMA compliant, at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). § 112.22(c)
Here’s a video overview of the rules from the Food and Drug Administration.
Here’s an overview of the rules from Cornell University’s Produce Safety Alliance (PSA).