Good Agricultural Practices Fresh Produce Safety Plan for Field Practices Template

Funding for the development of this publication was made possible through the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

This document was developed in workshops with North Carolina growers to provide a framework for them to develop their own food safety plans. Each grower’s conditions are different. Some may find that the plan does not adequately address their specific conditions. In those cases, the plan will need to be supplemented.

Developing a food safety plan requires knowledge of farming practices and best management practices training. Don’t be afraid to consult with experts on your plan. Before attempting to develop a plan, growers should obtain training in Good Agricultural Practices offered by the NC Cooperative Extension or government and trade organizations. Remember, this is just the written plan. The most important part is implementing, checking, correcting, and documenting the activities.

This plan follows the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Guide To Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (October 1998) and the USDA Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Matrix (May 11, 2007).  

The template plan is available electronically as a printable guide (pdf) or an editable document (MS Word).  The core of the plan encompasses 26 pages, with the additional 39 pages of appendices provide a comprehensive resource for the verifying documentation that might be needed.  Each growers will be able to download the sample word document and “pic n’ choose” from the template as needed.

Printable Template Guide (pdf)  AG-718W_N.C

Food Safety Plan Template (editable word document)

The Document includes:


Introduction and General Guidelines (Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)) 6
Facility Map Overview (Actual Maps contained in Appendix I) 8
SOP 1.0 Worker Health, Hygiene, and Field Sanitation (includes Spanish version) 9
SOP 2.0 Water Usage 13
SOP 3.0 Sewage Treatment and Soils 15
SOP 5.0 Pesticide Usage 17
SOP 6.0 Animal/Wildlife 19
SOP 7.0 Manure and Biosolids Usage 21
SOP 8.0 Field Harvest/Pack and Transportation 23
SOP 11.0 Traceability 25

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