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Washington Videos Help Small Farmers With Food Safety

As part of its “Bridging the Gaps” program, the Washington State Department of Agriculture launched a new video in its effort to help small and diversified growers meet Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

The video, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Block Grant, features a group of farmers, food buyers and GAP auditors from WSDA at Cedarville Farm as they discuss good agricultural practices for small and diversified farms and “why food safety planning matters to them.”

“As more produce buyers require food safety assurances, many growers are documenting their food safety practices and considering whether food safety certification is a good fit for them,” said WSDA. “Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is a voluntary set of food safety guidelines designed to help produce growers improve food safety on the farm. Successful completion of a WSDA GAP audit will earn the farm a USDA GAP certification.”

Food Safety News covered the Bridging the Gaps program in detail in the Fall here.

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