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Fall 2017 Office Hours
8:30am - 4:30 pm (usually)

* We try hard to be office between 8:30am and 4:00pm on most weekdays, but please call ahead to be sure!

893 West St (Rt 90)
Rockport, ME 04856


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     Produce Safety Alliance Training for Maine Growers


    Who should attend?

    This course is for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about

    • produce safety,
    • the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule,
    • Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and
    • co-management of natural resources and food safety.

    The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) is a collaboration between Cornell University, FDA, and USDA to prepare fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements included in the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

    The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires “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.”

    After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course.

    The Training

    The trainers will spend approximately eight hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

    *Introduction to Produce Safety 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
     *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.

    View or download additional information here (also at http://www.maine.gov/dacf/qar/fsma/):