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Find resources providing best practices for preparing for COVID-19 and managing risk for individuals at home and for food environments such as restaurants, grocery stores, food banks, gardens and farms. These resources are based on guidance and best practices as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), World Health Organization (WHO) and the best available science. All items are peer reviewed by an expert panel, and many are translated into Spanish. Check back frequently for updates to the guidance.
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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.email@example.com.
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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.
You are thinking about pursuing GAP certification for some or all parts of your operation
You are interested in developing a good safety plan to increase operational efficiency and build a food safety culture
You are looking to learn more about how microbes live and interact with farm environments, or
You have a potential buyer that requires GAP certification
Tips on how to implement practices to minimize your food safety risk during growing, harvesting, holding, and packing your product
Practice conducting risk assessments
Practice writing Standard Operating Procedures
Assistance on writing your food safety plan
A Maryland Department of Agriculture GAP training certificate
Cost: $15-20 (lunch and certificate)