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November 30, 2020
Online Water Testing Labs Map helps Michigan growers with FSMA Compliance
Phil Tocco
Michigan State University Extension Educator
Water testing can be tricky. If done correctly, water testing can yield accurate results that will both save you money and ensure safe food. If done incorrectly, a false positive can require a costly mitigation practice in order to maintain GAP compliance. This guidance document provides instruction on taking a proper water sample as well as requesting the correct test. 
The first step in getting a water sample is understanding what tests you need and what units you need the results to be expressed in. The MSU Extension Agrifood Safety Workgroup recommends that water sources be tested for generic E. coli bacteria. Click here to read more!

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This In this episode, you’ll hear from Jordan DeVries, a Produce Safety Technician with the Newaygo Conservation District, Marissa Schuh, with Michigan State University Extension, and Don Stoeckel, with the Produce Safety Alliance at Cornell University. They discuss the produce safety risks you should consider when it comes to water, along with what is required by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule regarding water system inspections.
FREE Produce Safety Trainings for Growers!
Michigan State University Extension recently announced a FREE, three-week produce safety training course designed specifically for farm supervisors

Two courses will be offered in 2021!

The Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety team will offer six FREE Online Produce Safety Rule Grower Trainings this fall and winter.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety Team
1715 Lansing Ave, Jackson, MI 49202 | MSU Extension MACD Produce Safety Technicians
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