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Produce Safety Rule Grower Training May 18 in Princess Anne



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UMES Extension and the Maryland Food Safety Network are hosting an in-person FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) Grower Training in Princess Anne, Maryland, on May 18th.  The training will be from 8:30am to 6:00pm.  The location is at the UMES Research, Education and Extension Farm located at 10789 Steward Neck Road in Princess Anne, Maryland.  More information about the training is below.  You can register for the training here.

 

A PSR Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirement that at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training “at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.”  (21 CFR §112.22(c)).  Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, FSMA, the Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety are also encouraged to attend.

 

All PSR Grower Trainings are presented by a team of experts from the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the University of Maryland (UMD), UMD Extension, and UMES Extension.  During the trainings, instructors cover the following eight areas:

 

  • Introduction to Produce Safety;

  • The Role of the Maryland Department of Agriculture and On-Farm Readiness Reviews;

  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training;

  • Soil Amendments;

  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use;

  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water);

  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation; and

  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan.

 

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

 

The cost for the training is $35.  The cost covers:

  • Course Materials (Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Manual);

  • Course Certificate from the Produce Safety Alliance upon successful completion of the course; and

  • Light breakfast and lunch.

 

You can find more information about, and register for, all upcoming trainings at https://umaglaw.org/events/

 

Funding for this series of work described in this article is supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award U2FFD007444 totaling $523,497 with 100 percent funded by FDA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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