The GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and GHP (Good Handling Practices) Program provides direct financial support through cost sharing of applicable certification fees to producers and processors who successfully complete a USDA GAP or GHP audit. The cost share program is designed to help defray some of the costs related to a successful audit. Any business or individual located in Pennsylvania that successfully completes one initial USDA (GAP) or (GHP) audit is eligible to apply.
Requests for Fruit and Vegetable Grading Services and GAP/GHP Audits
Companies making requests for audits must be current on all invoices from past services. By completing a request for service, the applicant is agreeing to submit payment for the rendered service at least 45 days from the date of invoice. The following forms listed under publications are required to submit a request:
- USDA Request for Audit Services Form SC237A
- USDA Participation Agreement Form SC651
- PA Work Order Request Form
All work order requests must be submitted to the Bureau of Food Safety & Laboratory Services via email, fax 717-787-1873 or mail 2301 N. Cameron St., Room 112 Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Do not contact a PDA Grader or Auditor directly. PDA graders and inspectors are unable to take requests directly for any services being requested. Upon receipt of the request, the status of the applicant’s account will be verified before a work order is assigned to a grader or auditor. No requests will be processed for accounts with past due fees.
For rush service complete the required forms and call 717-787-4315 for processing.
Fees vary according to services requested and provided. A submitted work order will serve as your agreement to remit payment to the Department within 45 days of receipt of your official billing invoice. Failure to do so may result in suspension of future services or legal fees. Upon receipt of invoices for services rendered, return payment and copy of invoice to:
Bureau of Food Safety & Laboratory Services
2301 N. Cameron St., Room 112
Harrisburg, PA 17110