Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) provide guidelines to California Almond growers on how to minimize potential hazards during production and to recognize and address potential sources of contamination.
Preventing Mold Growth
Aflatoxins are a major concern for the almond industry because of stringent maximum limits for aflatoxin contamination in key export markets.
When almonds are stockpiled, the combination of moisture in the crop and condensation that occurs under tarps used to cover the stockpiles can create ideal conditions for the Aspergillus mold to grow, which may result in aflatoxin contamination.
Download PDF: Stockpile Managment.
Download PDF: Stockpile Management Best Practices Guide.