NEW RULES covering food transportation and distribution will begin to take effect starting in June. However, there is growing concern that many food transporters are completely unprepared to deal with these new rules.
The lack of preparedness was a key point addressed during a panel discussion that took place March 26 during the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. The panel discussion was sponsored by Thermo King and was moderated by Doug Lenz, Thermo King vice-president of product management, marketing, and business development. Panelists included Jon Samson, director, Agricultural & Food Transporters Conference of the American Trucking Associations; Dr Patrick Brecht, president, PEB Commodities Inc, Global Cold Chain Alliance, and World Food Logistics Organization Scientific Advisory Council-Refrigerated Transportation; and Don Durm, national account executive, PLM Trailer Leasing.
Transporters will be impacted almost immediately by the new rules, which are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The law makes the Food and Drug Administration a much more powerful agency.
Under the law, FDA now has the ability to focus on preventing food safety problems rather than just responding to contaminations. The agency was given new enforcement authorities to achieve higher rates of compliance with prevention. Some would even say the agency was given unprecedented policing powers under FSMA.
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By: Charles Wilson | Refrigerated Transporter