GMPs for Outside of Facilities

  • Debris (litter, waste, and scrap material), unused equipment, and uncut vegetation should be removed from around the facility. Grass should be cut regularly. This prevents areas that could harbor rodents.
  • Grounds should have proper drainage to avoid standing water that breeds insects.
  • A vegetation-free border should be maintained around the building. The border should be 3 feet wide and extend from the ground to above the roof around the building perimeter including tree limbs and shrubs.
  • Scrap, pallets, pipes, drums, etc., should not accumulate on the grounds or parking lot.
  • Roofs should be maintained in good repair. Water from roofs or condensate within the plant should be prevented from contaminating product.
  • Outside openings should be screened to prevent pests from getting inside.

Peanut-specific GMPs

  • Any equipment used to remove foreign material from peanuts should be maintained and kept in a sanitary condition.
  • Peanuts should be stored in a warehouse that is clean, dry, well ventilated and pest free.
  • Peanut unloading and storage areas should be free of standing water, including elevator wells and dump pits, and kept sanitary.
  • Vehicles used to transport peanuts should be inspected to ensure they are clean, dry, and free of objectionable odors.