In addition, the U.S. Mushroom Industry, working through the American Mushroom Institute and in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture, has developed a Mushroom Good Agricultural Practices (MGAP) audit. Mushroom Good Agricultural Practices (MGAP) are a set of industry wide food safety standards and procedures for growing, harvesting and shipping fresh mushrooms that growers can use to enhance and document safe mushroom growing practices. This audit establishes guidelines to reduce the chance of food borne pathogens and other possible food safety concerns. All of our mushroom growing farms have passed the MGAP certification. We believe such audits are a necessary and significant step to improving food safety standards across the entire agricultural industry.
Mushroom Good Agricultural Practices (MGAP) is an outgrowth of the GAP practices which the government and the produce industry in general support. MGAP is a mushroom specific food safety program and audit developed by the Food Safety Committee of the American Mushroom Institute and scientists from the Food Science Department of The Pennsylvania State University in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It establishes food safety guidelines for mushroom production and certifies organizations that follow them. MGAP standards are consistent with food safety guidelines for the fresh produce industry described in the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) document “Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.” MGAP is a farm specific regimen that applies the right focus on the correct points of interest. The auditing process reviews not only safety of the food supply but process improvement and employee training. The process increases awareness of food safety at all levels of any company. In addition, it helps foster cooperation between the industry and regulating bodies.