Two companies — Food Safety Consultants and Ryan Systems — are offering free assistance to shippers and carriers who are working to meet food safety requirements through their TransCert program.

TransCert certification is designed to help food transporters who must comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s new guidelines for record keeping and traceability, according to a news release.

“We find that the average time for a company to plan, train and implement procedures in compliance with these new standards is between 14 and 18 months,” TransCert officials said in the release.

Free tools offered by TransCert include:

  • trailer inspection checklist;
  • document filing systems; and
  • membership in the Sanitary Cold Chain, including quarterly updates and discounted group training rates.

TransCert also offers online courses in sanitary transportation and temperature monitored transportation of food, driver awareness of temperature controls and practical solutions to carrier problems encountered when transporting temperature sensitive foods.

Complete details on the free tools and online courses are available at http://sanitarycoldchain.com/training.html.