Personal Hygiene is one of the most important factors in preventing any of the 3 types of contamination. Before entering production areas, farmers should wash their hands properly and regularly use hand sanitizers. When you have symptoms of an illness, you are advised not to enter the production facility. Workers should also wear proper clothing, gloves and have short and clean fingernails. Every employee should use the appropriate sanitary facilities at predefined intervals. The toilets have to be clean, fully supplied and be in a walking distance for every field. It is advised that drinking water is tested regularly for any pathogenic microorganisms. Finally, regular training and education of all workers is the key to keep a clean workplace and prevent any contamination of the food. Ideally, every employee needs to have basic first aid skills.

For further explanation and detailed local specifications of GAP, please consult your Local Authority (for instance Ministry of Agriculture)

Good Agricultural Practices – Summary

Understanding the risks of contamination

Crop and Field Selection, Soil Preparation

From Seeding to Harvesting

Livestock and GAP

Personal Hygiene and Gap

Food Supply Chain (Proper Storing and Transportation)

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