As growers, distributors and others in the supply chain have prepared for Food Safety Modernization Act changes, attention has turned to possible problem areas in guarding against pathogens.
One of those areas, according to the recent annual meeting of the Association of Food and Drug Officials in Burlington, Vt., is focused on a growing trend: the rise of services delivering food to consumers’ homes.
“Food home delivery is an exploding market with both retail and restaurant chains establishing systems designed to provide consumers with convenience service solutions,” according to a news release from Ryan Systems Inc. “Along with this new demand, the AFDO expects that enforcement of ‘last mile’ food safety regulations may fall on city, county or state agencies, but that the industry has the primary responsibility to prevent food safety outbreaks.”
John Ryan, president of Ryan Systems, and Edgar Vargas, owner of Kleen Trans, created Sanitary Cold Chain to help food transporters meeting TransCert requirements.
The partnership is offering a one-hour training program to educate drivers on their responsibilities regarding preventing food safety outbreak. The training costs $20, according to the release, and it can be downloaded to PCs, tablets and phones.
“Companies seeking to improve consumer safety and reduce company liability for potential food safety outbreaks may choose one of two options designed to increase driver and transportation personnel food safety knowledge and competency,” according to the release.