Maine's FSMA Resource Team

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Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry

Our FSMA team is part of the Division of Quality Assurance and Regulations. More information about other programs can be found in the description of overall program scopes.

Here at the Department our team of inspectors is tasked with doing inspections, reaching out to all farms in the state, and doing education about produce safety on farms. We do this by:

  • Being trained in the Rule and on-farm requirements.
  • Contacting farms in the state to determine if they are affected by the Rule.
  • Listening and learning from farms about production practices.
  • Providing technical assistance to farms.
  • Conducting On-Farm Readiness Reviews.
  • Inspecting farms who are subject to the Rule.
  • Hosting informational sessions with groups around the State.

Contacts

Your main points of contact at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry are:

Jeffrey Gagnon, Sr.
Inspection Process Analyst Coordinator
Based in Presque Isle, ME
(207) 764-2100
jeff.gagnon@maine.gov


UMaine Cooperative Extension

Our teammates at University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension research food safety and provide advice and outreach to farmers and food businesses. They do this by:

  • Answering general questions about food safety.
  • Providing food science advice to private businesses.
  • Putting together Fact Sheets to help explain important concepts and provide guidance to farms.
  • Delivering the PSA Grower Trainings and other food safety trainings.
  • Performing On-Farm Readiness Reviews.
  • Creating Infotoons to use animation and real-life examples to help explain difficult-to-understand food safety concepts.
  • Doing research into food safety on produce farms, including a current project exploring sources of contamination of hydroponic water and strategies to mitigate hazards.

Their food safety page is a great starting place to learn about what they do and to get information.

We’ve shared their Fact Sheets in the Library of Resources, but you can find them all here:

Contacts

Your main points of contact at the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension Team are:

Robson Machado, PhD
Assistant Extension Professor and Food Scientist
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
346 Hitchner Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
(207) 581-3144
robson.machado@maine.edu

Chris Howard
Produce Safety Professional
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Highmoor Farm
52 US Route 202, PO Box 179
Monmouth, ME 04259
(207) 212-8612
christina.howard@maine.edu

Jason Bolton
Associate Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist
Academic Director of Innovation Engineering
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
348 Hitchner Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
(207) 581-1366
jason.bolton@maine.edu


Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership provides technical advising to manufacturing companies in Maine. They specialize in providing:

  • Analysis of production line efficiency.
  • Process improvement coaching.
  • Plant layouts.
  • Energy audits.
  • Training and support in Lean Manufacturing.
  • Technical assistance in Information Technolog systems.
  • Technical assistance with Quality Management Systems.
  • Technical assistance with HACCP plans and Critical Control Points (CCPs).

They have extensive experience with technical aspects of equipment design, construction, and installation.

Contact

Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Based in Augusta, ME
(207) 623-0680 or 1 (800) MEP-4MFG
contact@mainemep.org


The Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA is the federal agency responsible for implementing the Produce Safety Rule.  Effective implementation of the Produce Safety Rule relies on a combination of education, research, and regulatory activities to ensure the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fresh produce sold for human consumption in the United States. The FDA works closely with state regulatory partners, university partners, and industry partners to implement the Produce Safety Rule. 

Additionally, the FDA has provided training and funding to tribal governments, territories, and state governments like Maine to provide education and outreach to farms and to perform inspections for the Produce Safety Rule.

The FDA has established the Produce Safety Network (PSN) --a national network of produce safety experts and specialized investigators who provide support and technical assistance to farmers, regulators, and educators across the country. Staff within the Produce Safety Network come from the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the Division of Domestic Human and Animal Food Operations in the Office of Regulatory Affairs. Their subject matter experts  respond directly to questions of interpretation or clarification submitted through the Technical Assistance Network (TAN).

In Maine, our team at the Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry does Produce Safety Rule inspections under FDA authority. We are credentialed by the FDA and follow their protocols to perform inspection.  When concerning practices or conditions are observed during a farm inspection, we work closely with the FDA’s Office of Compliance on compliance and enforcement. 

Contacts

For general inquiries about the Produce Safety Rule +

Stephen Hughes, MS
Produce Safety Network, Northeast
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Fresh Produce Safety Branch (HFS 317)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
5001 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20740
(240) 402-2833
E-Mail: Stephen.Hughes@fda.hhs.gov

FSMA Produce Technical Assistance Network (TAN)

  1. Online
  2. Postal Mail:
    Food and Drug Administration
    5001 Campus Drive
    Wiley Building, HFS-009
    Attn: FSMA Outreach
    College Park, MD 20740

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For questions about the Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule +

FSMA Technical Assistance Network (TAN):

  • Online
  • Postal Mail:
    Food and Drug Administration
    5001 Campus Drive
    Wiley Building, HFS-009
    Attn: FSMA Outreach
    College Park, MD 20740

Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance

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For questions about compliance and enforcement processes +

For Emergency Reporting of any problems with foods +

  1. Consumers, food retailers, and food service operators can call the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
    1-866-300-4374 or 301-796-8240
    These numbers have 24/7 coverage.
  2. Reportable Food Registry
    Online
    Industry is required to report it when there is a reasonable probability that articles of food will cause serious adverse health consequences or death in humans or animals. It can also be used by State and local regulators for voluntary reporting.
  3. Farms can contact the FDA Emergency Response Coordinator for New England:
    Kimberly Langello
    401-528-5500 ext. 108 (Office)
    781-258-3796 (Mobile)
    kimberly.langello@fda.hhs.gov

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To report adverse reactions or problems with other FDA regulated products, call: +

  • Consumer Complaints Coordinator line (New England)
    1-800-891-8295

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