The major concerns addressed by GAP

If one examines the Philippines Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGAP), section 4 of the Code of Good Agricultural Practices deals with the major hazards in the production of vegetable crops.

Following are the major issues addressed by the standard: (1) Pesticides (2) environmental contamination (3) microbial hazards from water and soil (4) social welfare and (5) health and safety of workers.

The food safety aspect of the standard covers the 3 major food hazards which were already mentioned: chemicals from pesticides, microbial from cultural and organic practices, and physical hazards.

Once a farm is considered GAP-certified, it is an assurance that the vegetables sold by that farm are free of any food hazards.


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