24 Good Manufacturing Practices


Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) are written and implemented for a specific plant or food product as a prerequisite program for Preventative Controls for Human Foods. GMPs reduce the risk of hazards that could occur due to personnel and plant conditions.


Read through the Current Good Manufacturing Practices in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 Part 117. Then write Good Manufacturing Practices for your product and process. Focus on the GMPs that are most relevant. Frame your GMP to fit a plant-scale operation. Your GMPs also will need to be followed as close as possible during scale-up in the lab.

Potential GMP categories include, but are not limited to:

  • Building and Facilities
  • Receiving
  • Sanitation
  • Food Handling and Processing
  • Packaging
  • Storage
  • Personnel and Training
    • Cleanliness
    • Handwashing
    • Jewelry
    • Gloves
    • Hair restraints
    • No food in processing area


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