University of Maryland Extension

Feb. 1, 2019

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December 7, 2018

Grower training for 2019: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Produce Safety Rule

Who Should Attend?

Those growers who are interested in learning about produce safety, who need to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, who need to satisfy buyer requirements, and/or who need to maintain a food safety certification.

What Will You Get from Attending?

  • Better understanding of produce food safety
  • Insight into the Produce Safety Rule requirements and the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s role
  • Training certificate required by FDA to comply with the Produce Safety Rule

Cost $25

  • Covers traning materials
  • Compliance certificate
  • Lunch and light refreshments


  • Monday February 11, 2019, 8a-5p, Leonardtown, MD: Register Here
  • Wednesday February 20, 2019, 8a-5p, Frederick, MD: Register Here


Deanna Baldwin:; (410) 841-5769

Sarah Everhart:

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

October 2018

A training workshop in FSMA preventive control rules: For food processors...

Who should attend?
Food processors who need to comply with FSMA preventive controls rule. To know if it applies to you, visit the US FDA website here.

-Are exempt from the rule but need to comply with the rules due to supply-chain demands
-Are new 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 this workshop?
-In-depth understanding of the requirements of preventive control rules
-Hands-on experience in writing food safety plans that are required under the FSMA rules
-Completion certificates required to develop food safety plans
-Guidance regarding food safety risks and how to mitigate them

How much does it cost?

Where will it be held?
November 27-29, 2018 at Western Maryland Research and Education Center, Keedysville MD

How do I register?
Contact Rohan Tikekar (301-405-4509,

 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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