The FDA’s final rule on the sanitary transportation of food went into effect June 6, 2016. Though larger carriers, shippers, and receivers should have their compliance plans in place, smaller companies still have about a year to comply.
This final rule—the sixth of seven rulemakings for FSMA—was based on a combination of the Sanitary Transportation of Food Act of 2005 and about 240 submissions from transportation companies, food safety organizations, consumer advocacy groups, and more.
The rulemaking has been proposed to ensure:
- 1. Proper refrigeration during transportation of foods that require it;
- 2. That vehicles and food storage are adequately cleaned and sanitized; and
- 3. That there is adequate protection for food during transport.
Foods that are covered under the ruling includes all FDA-regulated human food and animal (including pet) food, with a few exemptions:
- · Compressed food gasses
- · Live animals
- · Transportation performed by a farm
- · Food completely enclosed containers or packaging that doesn’t require Temperature Control for Safety (TCS)
Though the FDA doesn’t have exact numbers or predictions on how this ruling will affect food safety, they have estimated that the total first year cost will be $162.7 million, with the total annual cost estimated at $93.5 million.