University of Maryland Extension

Upcoming workshop! 

Food Safety Modernization training information:

3/19-22/18 in Keedysville, MD     

Who Should Attend? 

Farmers, growers and food processors who: 

• Need to comply with FSMA produce safety rule, preventive controls rule or both. e.g., producers growing leafy 
greens, tomatoes, berries, cucumber, etc. and/or processing them into ready-to-eat products. 
• Are exempt from the rule but need to comply with the rules due to supply chain constraints
• Entrepreneurs in processed food business
• Want to remain up-to-date with the FSMA regulations and how to comply with them

What Will You Get from Attending?

• In-depth understanding of the requirements of produce safety and preventive control rules

• Completion certificates required by FSMA

• Guidance regarding food safety risks and how to mitigate them

How Much Does it Cost? (You can attend either or both trainings)
$25 for PSA Grower Training Course (Monday 3/19)
$45 for FSPCA Training for Preventive Controls (Tues 3/20 - Thur 3/22)

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

Send email questions to

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

 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.**


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