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  • Processing 1.2.4 Move regulation of slaughter oversight to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), and create a state inspection program.
  • Processing 1.3.1 Review and clarify the language of Good Manufacturing Practices regulations, which are currently vague.
  • Processing 1.3.2 Ensure that food processors are offered support when they seek support related to regulations. Provide resources, not penalties, as first line of action.
  • Processing 1.4.1 Develop and improve training programs for technical assistance providers, relying on UMass Extension and other food product and food processing service providers.
  • Processing 1.4.2 Develop systems for cross-agency collaboration.
  • Processing 1.4.3 Support communication between regulators, and develop forums where they do not exist.
  • Processing 2.1.1 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.
  • Processing 2.1.2 Establish a process by which the State will stay current with FDA Food Code.
  • Processing 2.1.3 Promulgate new information on Food Code updates to local Boards of Health.
  • Processing 2.2.1 Identify demand for services from UMass Extension and expand as needed.
  • Processing 2.2.2 Ensure that multilingual training in food safety is available through on-site, employer-sponsored ESOL programs, and support ongoing efforts in this area.
  • Processing 2.2.3 Encourage the state of Massachusetts to fund and support process authorities at UMass Amherst Extension.
  • Processing 2.3.1 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.
  • Processing 2.4.1 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.
  • Processing 2.5.1 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.
  • Processing 2.5.2 Promote regional approaches to developing and enforcing food safety regulations.
  • Processing 3.1.1 Ensure living wages in food processing and related industries.
  • Processing 3.1.2 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.
  • Processing 3.1.3 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.
  • Processing 3.1.4 Support worker voice and collective bargaining for food system and related workers through legislation and regulation.