FSMA final rule on sanitary food transportation

| April 8, 2016

iStock_000003802021XSmallThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food has now been made final.

The rule is one of seven “foundational rules” proposed to create a modern, risk-based framework for food safety and builds on safeguards envisioned in earlier legislation. It is designed to prevent practices that could create food safety risks during transport of food, such as inadequate refrigeration and poor cleaning of vehicles between loads.

The rule establishes requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle and receivers involved in the transport of human and animal food to use sanitary practices to ensure food safety.

The requirements established by the rule cover the design and maintenance of vehicles and transportation equipment, temperature control during transport, protection of food from cross contamination, training of carrier personnel and maintaining written records of procedures, agreements and training.

More information about the final rule can be found on the FDA website here.

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