Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training for FSMA Readiness

Posted on January 23, 2018 // view all Workshops


Co-sponsored with UMass Extension and MDAR:

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training for FSMA Readiness

NEW DATE: Tuesday, March 27, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Lenox Town Hall Auditorium, 6 Walker St, Lenox MA
$40; PSA Manual, AFDO Certificate,  lunch and refreshments included.

RSVPs required. Register here.

*RESCHEDULED from 3/13 due to weather* Please contact Lisa McKeag directly if you need to cancel and refund your registration, or change the person attending. Lisa can be reached at 413-577-3976 or

In this full-day workshop, participants will learn about produce safety best practices for farms of all sizes, how to develop a farm food safety plan, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and an overview of how these requirements will be enforced in MA through MDAR’s Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP). There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

The workshop will cover: 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.

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and will satisfy the 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.’

Instructors: Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension Educator & Michael Botelho, MDAR Commonwealth Quality Program Director

For more information, click here.

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