Iron Apple Monthly Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter: Major Impact of FSMA & Sanitary Transport Rule on Food Shippers & Carriers

Among other things, Shippers must specify to carriers in writing all necessary sanitary specifications for the carrier’s vehicle and transportation equipment. Shippers must also develop and implement written procedures to ensure that vehicles and equipment used in its transportation operations are in “appropriate sanitary condition for the transportation of food.”

Before loading food that requires temperature controls for safety, Loaders must verify that each mechanically refrigerated cold storage compartment or container has been pre-cooled (if necessary) and prepared for the transport of food. Prior to loading, the loader must also ensure that the vehicle and equipment is in appropriate sanitary condition for the transport of food.