The biggest myth in the produce business; More on coming trucking regulation

09/27/2011 08:26:00 AM
Tom Karst

We are currently developing the proposed rule, and we have made this a part of the implementation of  the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to ensure we have seamless integration of all the rules required under that groundbreaking legislation."

The FDA's notice of proposed rulemaking can be found here.

The FDA-commissioned 2009 report from the Eastern Research Group can be found here.  As you can see, the FDA may be busy writing extensive regulations based on the identified problem areas.

From the executive summary:

The Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005 reallocated responsibilities for food transportation safety among the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).It amends section 402 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) so as to render unsanitary transport adulteration and add a new section 416 of the Act concerning sanitary

transportation practices. Any new regulations will apply to any shipper, carrier that is a motor or
rail vehicle, receiver or any other person engaged in the transportation of food. There is currently very little information on the state of food transportation and holding practices in the United States.

Thus, under contract to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ERG undertook this study designed to characterize the baseline practices in the sectors involved in food transportation, such as refrigerated warehousing and storage, farm product warehousing and storage, deep sea freight transportation, coastal and great lakes freight transportation, inland water freight  transportation, local and long distance general freight trucking, and others.

Through a literature review and expert opinion elicitation, we identified the following 15
problem areas where food may be at risk for microbiological, chemical, and/or physical
contamination during transport and storage:

 Improper refrigeration or temperature control of food products (temperature abuse). These may be intentional (abuse or violation of practices by drivers, i.e., turning off refrigeration units) or unintentional (due to improper holding practices or shortages of appropriate shipping containers or vessels, etc.).



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