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This fact sheet describes the differences in the farm food safety laws, FSMA and GAP. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) includes a Produce Safety Rule that became final in November, 2015 (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2015). The rule establishes minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. All covered growers will need to comply with FSMA as it is a federal law. GAP is a voluntary audit program designed to verify that produce is grown, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible.

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