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Despite the United States having one of the safest food supplies in the world, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year nearly 48 million people (roughly 1 in 6 Americans) are sickened, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 people die from preventable foodborne illnesses

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is intended to shift the Federal Drug Administration’s focus to better protect public health by preventing food safety issues rather than reacting to outbreaks. FSMA is a large piece of legislation intended to build a new proactive federal food safety system.

In Wisconsin, the UW-Extension in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection are offering the training. Other organizations may offer FDA recognized grower training as well; you can check the Produce Safety Alliance website for a complete list of training dates and locations.

Training Dates


March 11, 2019 – Cashton, WI

March 15, 2019 – Portage, WI

April 2, 2019 – Ashland, WI

April 3, 2019 – Thorpe, WI