(UPDATED COVERAGE: Feb. 7) The Food and Drug Administration has published a proposed regulation that would require shippers, receivers and other carriers who move food by motor or rail vehicles to take steps to prevent contamination of their cargo.
Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until May 31, according to a news release from the FDA, and a fact sheet on the proposal is available.
With ties to the Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005, the regulation also is the seventh and last major rule concerning the Food Safety Modernization Act, according to the release.
The proposed regulation establishes standards for sanitary transportation practices, including proper refrigeration, adequate cleaning procedures and protecting food during transportation. The regulation won’t apply to shelf stable food, live food animals, and raw agricultural commodities when transported by farms, according to the release.
Meetings on the proposed rules are planned for Chicago on Feb. 27, March 13 in Anaheim, Calif., and March 20 at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, Md., according to the release. More details on the meetings will be published soon, according to the Jan. 31 release.
Jim Gorny, vice president food safety and technology for Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association, said in a Jan. 31 e-mail that the proposed rule will affect many produce shippers, carriers and receivers.
In particular, Gorny said the rule seeks to establish requirements for:
- vehicles and transportation equipment,
- transportation operations, u training, and