University of Maryland Extension

Upcoming workshop! 

GAPs training information:

2/5/18 in Queenstown, MD     

Good Agricultural Practices Training Who Should Attend? 

Those growers who are interested in learning about produce safety, who need to satisfy buyer requirements, and/or who need to maintain a food safety certification.

What Will You Get from Attending?

  • Practice conducting risk analyses and writing Standard Operating Procedures
  • Help writing a food safety plan
  • Insight into the FSMA Produce Safety Rule
  • Information about current food safety research
For a complete list of dates and registration information for all these trainings visit: On the farm 

 

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-888-MPHotline

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline can personally answer your food safety questions on weekdays year-round.

The Hotline receives more than 80,000 calls yearly. This toll-free telephone service, which began July 1, 1985, helps prevent foodborne illness by answering questions about the safe storage, handling, and preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products.

Food Safety Questions? Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline

If you have a question about meat, poultry, or egg products, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline toll free at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).

The Hotline is open year-round Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET (English or Spanish). Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. Check out the FSIS Web site at www.fsis.usda.gov.

Send email questions to MPHotline.fsis@usda.gov.

Ask Karen! (AskKaren.gov | PregunteleaKaren.gov ) 
FSIS’ automated response system can provide food safety information 24/7 and a live chat during Hotline hours. Mobile phone users can access m.askkaren.gov.

 What is foodborne illness?

  • Foodborne illness is “when a person becomes ill after ingesting contaminated foods or beverages” (Centers for Disease Control, CDC). 
  • Did you know that foodborne illness is largely preventable?
  • Healthy food safety behaviors should be practiced every day, from food shopping through reheating your leftovers.
  • It is important to learn how to keep yourself and your family safe from infectious disease.

**Our website is currently being updated.  As we slowly build our website, we will have trusted (peer reviewed) fact sheets and advice to reduce your family’s chances of experiencing a foodborne illness.  Thank you for your patience.**

                

Section: 
Food Safety
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