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688 Action Items Found
Move regulation of slaughter oversight to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), and create a state inspection program.
Review and clarify the language of Good Manufacturing Practices regulations, which are currently vague.
Ensure that food processors are offered support when they seek support related to regulations. Provide resources, not penalties, as first line of action.
Develop and improve training programs for technical assistance providers, relying on UMass Extension and other food product and food processing service providers.
Develop systems for cross-agency collaboration.
Support communication between regulators, and develop forums where they do not exist.
Require the Public Health Council to adopt the most current FDA Food Code, to bring the State up to date with the most recent science regarding food safety.
Establish a process by which the State will stay current with FDA Food Code.
Promulgate new information on Food Code updates to local Boards of Health.
Identify demand for services from UMass Extension and expand as needed.
Ensure that multilingual training in food safety is available through on-site, employer-sponsored ESOL programs, and support ongoing efforts in this area.
Encourage the state of Massachusetts to fund and support process authorities at UMass Amherst Extension.
Maintain consolidated information on food safety compliance in an accessible print and online format, coordinated and updated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH’s) Food Protection Program.
Develop guidelines for complex, multi-functional kitchen infrastructure development. Make these guidelines available online and in print, and ensure they are coordinated and updated by one central agency.
Ensure continued support and funding for the Massachusetts Public Health Inspector Training that trains local regulators to uniformly enforce food regulations, and require that local regulators participate.
Promote regional approaches to developing and enforcing food safety regulations.
Ensure living wages in food processing and related industries.
Ensure resources, training, and placement for food processing workers and in particular for women, people of color, immigrants, veterans, former prisoners and others from traditionally disadvantaged communities.
Develop a shared labor pool, comprised of workers trained in food processing or related fields. Do this by inventorying types of jobs and required skills, and develop a method for matching qualified workers to a range of jobs in food processing or related fields. Establish standards for, full time, year-round, benefitted, and fairly compensated jobs in the shared labor pool.
Support worker voice and collective bargaining for food system and related workers through legislation and regulation.