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There are many types of 3rd party audits out there that some buyers may request growers to receive certification for. Some audits are more rigorous than others and may be overwhelming to farmers who are new to food safety.

The USDA Produce GAP Plus+ Standard audit is a good place for farmers to start and is also FSMA compliant (meaning if you pass the USDA audit, you are complying with FSMA as well). Below are various links that contain valuable information for farmers to use in order to be ready for the initial audit.