Setting Up Your Plan of Action Manual
The first step in preparing for the GAP Audit is to prepare a Plan of Action Manual. This manual is an organized way to help the grower to take a close look at the farm operation and assess its needs related to food safety.
Three Ring Binder
Your Plan of Action Manual will require a three ring notebook binder. A 2" heavy duty binder will be enough to collect all of your materials. If you need to, you may separate sections that you will use on a daily basis from the main binder. These might include your traceability section and crop protection records.
Your manual is divided into eight sections. You will need dividers for each of the following sections:
Sec. 1 Written Plan of Action Worksheets
Sec. 2 Standard Operating Procedures
Sec. 3 Log and Record Sheets
Sec. 4 Supporting Documents
Sec. 5 Traceability Records
Sec. 6 Crop Protection Records
Sec. 7 GAP Training Materials
Sec. 8 Appendix
Before you begin...
If you are not sure as to where you fit into the "Big Picture" of GAP/ Food Safety, I suggest you review the following prestentaion related to this subject. It will help you understand both the direct market requirements as well as the commercial requirements.